Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
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Federer wins, 'weird' loss for Djokovic

Federer wins, 'weird' loss for Djokovic

The 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 loss resulted in a quick exit from a tournament the Serbian has won five times.

On the women's side, top-ranked Simona Halep came back to top 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in just over two hours. "So talking about faster, I just think there is more bounce to it, especially if you play someone who has a lot of spin like he has and kicks the ball around a lot".

Federer prevailed 6-3, 7-6 (6) in a match that was carried over from Saturday evening due to rain.

Japan's world No. 109 Taro Daniel pulled off a major upset Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open by beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the second round. He then chose to stop and have an operation to heal his elbow injury.

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Djokovic had further surgery on a persistent elbow injury in February.

"For me it felt like first match I ever played on the tour". I just completely lost rhythm, everything.

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set on Sunday but the rust from the layoff was evident as he made 62 unforced errors overall.

Djokovic underwent right elbow surgery after falling in the fourth round of the Australian Open in January.

"To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said.

"I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better".

Thiem has already won a tour-leading 17 matches this season, but he had to work hard to beat 19-year-old Tsitsipas, who reached the quarter-finals in Dubai last week and is ranked 71st in the world.

The win sets up a third round showdown with Spaniard David Ferrer who defeated Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. 6-2, 7-6 (7/3). However, ninth-seeded Lucas Pouille of France and 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina both lost to qualifiers, and 15th-seeded American John Isner fell to France's Gael Monfils 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-5.

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