Novak Djokovic lost on his return to competitive tennis to Taro Daniel in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
Daniel, ranked 109 in the world, claimed the biggest win of his career as the qualifier prevailed 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-1.
Japan’s Daniel won the first set on a tie-break before Djokovic, making his return from an elbow injury, took the second.
However, 25-year-old Daniel dominated the third and final set to take it 6-1.
Taro takes it all the way! 💥
🇯🇵 @tarodaniel93 stuns Djokovic to earn the biggest win of his career 👏
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) March 11, 2018
Daniel, who beat Britian’s Cameron Norrie in the first round, will meet Leonardo Mayer, who beat Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 6-1.
“It is what it is…You know, obviously I miss tennis. In one way, I miss competing. I miss being out there. It's a big part of my life…But I was grateful to be out on court that quickly after surgery.” 💬 @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/x1DPxATHm6
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) March 12, 2018
British number one Kyle Edmund was beaten in straight sets by Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-4 in his first match since reaching the Australian Open semi-finals.
Edmund, who has been out of action with a hip injury since his brilliant performance in Melbourne, led 3-1 in the opening set and had two break points to go further ahead.
However, world number 97 Sela dug deep to hold serve and immediately broke Edmund to get back on level terms before another break in the 10th game secured the set.
Sela also took the second set by the same score to seal a 6-4 6-4 victory in 91 minutes against world number 24 Edmund, who replaced the injured Andy Murray as British number one earlier this month.