Novak Djokovic (ATP 13) is Sunday, surprisingly the bottom up went in the second round at the ATP tournament in Indian Wells (hardcourt/8.909.960 dollar). The Serb lost after two and a half hours of tennis in three sets (7-6 (7/3), 4-6 and 6-1) of the Japanese Taro Daniel (ATP 109).
For Djokovic, five-fold winner in California, it was his first match since his surgery in early February to the rechterelleboog, an injury where Djokovic since Wimbledon of last year’s troubles.
The Serb didn’t play more since his elimination from the eighth-finals at the Australian Open, by the South-Korean Chung Hyeon (ATP 26).
Mertens is off in the double
Elise Mertens (WTA42 in the double) and the Dutch Demi Schuurs (WTA 31) have Sunday their match will be lost in the second round of the dubbeltoernooi Indian Wells (hard/7.972.535 dollar) in the united states. Mertens (22) and Schuurs (24) lost to the Spanish Lara Arruabarrena and Arantxa Parra Santonja in 3 sets: 6-7 (2/7), 6-2 and 10-7. The match lasted almost an hour and a half.
In singles hit Mertens (WTA 22) even though not further than the second round. After the shutdown of Alison Van Uytvanck and Kirsten Flipkens in the first round in the ankle, of Yanina Wickmayer in the second round, and Flipkens in the first round of the double, there are no Belgians more represented at the prestigious tournament in the US. Ruben Bemelmans (ATP113) lost Sunday, by the Argentine Leonardo Mayer (ATP 47) in the second round.