ATP Indian Wells: Taro Daniel stuns rusty Novak Djokovic! Pouille drops out

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ATP Indian Wells: Taro Daniel stuns rusty Novak Djokovic! Pouille drops out

World number 109 Taro Daniel reached the main draw at Indian Wells as a qualifier and he used that momentum for his second Masters 1000 and the second round clash against a five-time champion Novak Djokovic. Daniel didn't stop there and he stunned a former world number 1 7-6 4-6 6-1 in 2 hours and 30 minutes for the biggest win in his career so far. Novak played his first match after the Australian Open and he looked tired and exhausted as the match progressed, unable to impose his shots and making too many unforced errors (more than 60), especially from his backhand.

Novak led 5-2 in the opening set before losing it in the tie break and despite winning the second set he couldn't continue in the same style in the set number three, dropping serve in games four and six to hit an early exit and switch his focus to Miami Masters that starts in two weeks time.

Yuki Bhambri came to Indian Wells with just one Masters 1000 match under his belt and he will leave the desert with at least two wins after a rock solid 6-4 6-4 triumph over the 9th seed Lucas Pouille in an hour and 19 minutes. Talented Indian served at 75% and he lost 19 points in 10 service games, facing four break points and dropping serve twice.

Lucas struggled to find his rhythm and range of his groundstrokes, making too many errors and suffering four breaks from seven opportunities he gave to the Indian. Yuki broke in the very first game of the match when Lucas netted an easy backhand and he cemented his lead with another break in game five, building a 4-1 advantage.

The Frenchman pulled one break back in the following game to reduce the deficit to 4-2 but that was all he could do by the end of the set. Bhambri served well in his last two service games and he closed the opener with a service winner in game 10, moving a set away from his second Top 20 win.

Things went from bad to worse for Pouille and he got broken in the third game of set number two, drifting further and further away from the positive result. Nonetheless, Lucas was back in contention after breaking his rival in game six, leveling the score at 3-3 and creating his first lead of the match with a hold in game seven.

Serving at 4-4, Pouille wasted two game points and Bhambri broke him on his fourth chance to gain a 5-4 lead and the opportunity to serve out for the win. The Indian closed the match with four winners in game 10, sealing the deal in the perfect fashion and achieving his best result since Washington last year when he played in the quarters.

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