On Sunday, qualifier and world No. 109 Taro Daniel defeated five-time Indian Wells champion Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1, in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open. Daniel deserves a lot of credit for taking it to the 12-time Grand Slam champ, but it's hard not to think that this result was more about what Djokovic did to himself.
After losing to Hyeon Chung in the fourth round of the Australian Open, Djokovic took some time to get himself healthy. But while he may be revitalized physically, as far as we know, the former No. 1 showed plenty of rust in his tour return, which was central to the outcome.
It was clear early that Djokovic didn't have anything close to his best game, in spite of holding a 5-2 lead in the first set. His backhand, traditionally his most consistent and game-breaking weapon, bled errors—32 in all. With his go-to stroke a sudden liability, the rest of his game fell apart. The 30-year-old committed 61 unforced errors in the two-and-a-half hour match.
"It felt like my first match on tour," said Djokovic, according to Sport360.com's Reem Abulleil.
TENNIS.com's Nina Pantic and Tennis Channel's John Zinni discuss a big day of upsets at Indian Wells: