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Novak Djokovic survives opening loss in Indian Wells

Novak Djokovic survives opening loss in Indian Wells

Novak Djokovic is facing some problems in his opening match at the ATP 1000 tournament in Indian Wells.

The Serbian, ranked number one in the world, struggled to achieve a narrow 6:2, 5:7, 6:3 victory over Australian Aleksandar Vukic on Sunday night, and is now in the third round after his farewell in the first round.

There he has to deal with lucky Italian loser Luca Nardi, who surprisingly triumphed over Chinese Zizhen Zhang.

For Djokovic, a five-time Indian Wells champion, this is his first appearance at the California 1000m Championships in five years. The Serbian player said that he did not face any problem adapting after his long absence from Indian Wells: “This is a long period for a tennis player, but it seems that my last appearance was only yesterday.”

“The people here welcomed me immediately. It's nice to see the passion for tennis here.”

Monfils eliminates number eight

Daniil Medvedev acts confidently and moves into the last 32 with a smooth 6:2, 6:3 win over Roberto Carballes Baena. Veteran star Gael Monfils defeated Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, seeded eighth, 6:0, 6:7 (5), 6:2.

Italian Lorenzo Moisetti defeated Canadian Daniel Shapovalov 6:4, 2:6, 7:5.

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