Daniel reflects over huge win against Djokovic

Jon Howard
March 14, 2018

Rain - a rarity in the desert - delayed the start of the match, with Federer cautious but restless to get play underway in front of a capacity crowd.

While Federer was far from flawless, he did improve to an unblemished 13-0 on the year and took the next step in snaring his third title of the young season. For the first time in six years, Federer has entered a tournament as the world's No. 1 player.

Djokovic was beaten 6-7, 6-4, 1-6 by world No109, Taro Daniel, who had made the main draw as a qualifier.

It was another snag in the return for the Djokovic, 30, who admitted he was out of sorts while playing in just his second event of 2018.

"I think it speaks to my strengths on court, which is just being clutch and playing my best tennis in the big moments", Fritz said, adding, ".it's probably the stat that I'm most proud about in my tennis career".

The 12-time grand slam champion has been sidelined since the Australian Open in January due to an elbow injury and he underwent a "small medical intervention" last month.

Djokovic bounced back in the second, but Daniel took advantage of his opponent's poor form to win the third.

Apple Looking To Acquire Digital Magazine Service Texture
Although Apple didn't detail their plans, the company confirmed that Texture will become integrated with Apple News in the future. At the time when Facebook has very publicly moved away from news and media, Apple appears to be moving further into that space.

Djokovic had four aces but served poorly overall making four double faults and winning just 65 percent of his first-serve points.

"It gave me a ton of inspiration for my upcoming matches", he said.

The Serb concedes that being sidelined for so long and struggling with a lengthy injury is new to him and he says he spoke to his countryman Viktor Troicki about how he dealt with his return to the game after getting suspended by the ITF for refusing to take a drugs test.

Chardy, who came into the all-French tussle with an unbeaten record against Mannarino from their three previous meetings, edged the opening set before the French No 2 hit back to force a decider and claim his first set against the 31-year-old. "He's only going to get better from here".

Frenchman Gael Monfils survived a match point before beating big-serving American John Isner 6-7 (5) 7-6 (3) 7-5 in a contest that had only one break.

ATP Rankings: Who is the men's singles world No 1?

In other men's matches, David Ferrer of Spain defeated Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).

Other reports by PlayStation Move reviews

Discuss This Article