The Hindu (Mumbai)

Djokovic vows to play in Miami after shock exit in Indian Wells

The Serbian loses to Italian Nardi in the third round; the 36-year-old adds that he has been more selective of which tournament­s to take part in


ovak Djokovic vowed to play the upcoming Miami Open after blaming a “really bad day” for his shock exit at the ATPWTA Indian Wells Masters on Monday. The Serbian World No. 1’s longawaite­d return to Indian Wells after a fiveyear absence ended in a stunning third round defeat to lowlyranke­d Italian Luca Nardi, the world No. 123.

Djokovic said despite the setback, he still planned to play in Miami. “Miami is there, so let’s see,” he said of the next Masters date.

“I wasn’t enjoying not

Nplaying the Sunshine Double (Indian Wells and Miami) last couple of years. I really wanted to play.

“I really wanted to come (this year) and I really enjoy being both in Indian Wells and Miami,” added Djokovic after his 64, 36, 63 defeat.

Fivetime Indian Wells winner Djokovic was playing his first event since losing to another Italian young gun in Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open semifinals more than six weeks ago.

“He got in as a lucky loser to the main draw, so he really didn’t have anything to lose — so he played great,” the 24time Grand Slam champion said of Nardi.

“He deserved to win. I was more surprised with my level. My level was really, really bad.

“That’s it, these two things come together. He’s having a great day; I’m having a really bad day. Results (are) a negative outcome for me.’

Djokovic, who at age 36 is trying to consolidat­e his tournament schedule, said he will carry on to Miami starting next week.

Pick and choose

“I do play fewer tournament­s, so I’m more selective with my schedule. Of course it’s not a great feeling when you drop out very early in the tournament, and especially here.

“I haven’t played (here) in five years. I really wanted to do well. But it wasn’t meant to be. We move on.”

 ?? AP ?? Djokovic said he was surprised by his own performanc­e in Indian Wells.
AP Djokovic said he was surprised by his own performanc­e in Indian Wells.

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