World No. 109 Taro Daniel insists that he simply took the most of the given opportunity on Sunday at the Indian Wells Masters. The Japanese qualifier stunned five-time Indian Wells champion Novak Djokovic in round two. The world No.
109 kept his focus to hand a 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-1 loss to the Serb. Djokovic, 30, was playing his first match since he underwent a minor elbow surgery after the Australian Open. The 12-time Grand Slam champion was far from his best tennis.
It was the first-ever meeting between Danial and the Serbian former world No. 1. It was the fifth time in the last decade that a player ranked outside the top-100 has defeated Djokovic. "He obviously wasn't in his top form," Daniel said post-match "So I was able to take advantage of it." Daniel plays next Argentinean tennis player Leonardo Mayer.
On the other side, it remains to be seen will Djokovic play at the upcoming Miami Masters. Also read: Novak Djokovic: 'It felt like it was my first match on Tour' .