Djokovic suffers 'weird' loss to qualifier at Indian Wells

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The match started after a two-hour-plus delay and the Swiss raced away to bag the first set 6-3 but rain played spoilsport and stopped the game at 2-2 in the second set.

The world No.1 - who has a ideal 13-0 record this year - is the defending champion and is bidding for a sixth Indian Wells title.

The 12-time major victor led 5-2 in the opener, but Daniel fought back well to clinch the first set on a tie-break, and although Djokovic pulled level, 61 unforced errors from the five-time champion saw Daniel clinch victory after two-and-a-half hours.

The 10th-seeded Djokovic acknowledged his poor performance against the world's 109th-ranked player.

"For me it felt like first match I ever played on the tour".

"We wondered post surgery what it was going to look like, how his elbow was going to react to the strain and stress, but it was his heart and head that didn't react the right way in this match".

"Just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks".

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Djokovic took six months off after Wimbledon a year ago and returned in January's Australian Open where he lost in the fourth round. "Nerves were there. I made so many unforced errors".

He had elbow surgery in Switzerland shortly after that.

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

Britain's Kyle Edmund, who had been out of action with a hip injury since making the semi-finals at the Australian Open lost out to Israel's Dudi Sela.

Seeded losers included Italian No. 16 Fabio Fognini, 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 against Jeremy Chardy of France, and Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, hammered 6-0 6-3 by young Croat Borna Coric.

Spanish veterans David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez recorded routine straight-sets wins over Tennys Sandgren and Ernesto Escobedo respectively while Philipp Kohlschreiber outlasted Tim Smyczek.

Daniel's reward is a third-round match with Leonardo Mayer after his opponent Kei Nishikori pulled out through illness.

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