Understandably, Novak Djokovic wasn’t a happy guy after losing to Nick Kyrgios for a second straight time Wednesday at Indian Wells.
The Serb, also wasn’t too appreciative of the tournament scheduling which forced the 5-time champion to have to play singles Tuesday night in a 3-set win over Juan Martin del Potro then come back at 3pm for a match against Kyrgios followed by a doubles later that evening.
When asked about the quick turnaround, Djokovic didn’t want to answer.
Q. How tough is it with the schedule coming, playing last night, coming back out after a three-setter, and coming out playing early in the day, 3:00 match?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I don’t want to comment about that.
Perhaps irking Djokovic even more was that Federer played early afternoon Tuesday against Steve Johnson then had a full 24 hours to recover for his match against Rafael Nadal which FOLLOWED Djokovic’s singles. So Novak played two singles matches between Roger’s two matches. And Novak’s a 3-time defending champion while Federer hasn’t won the title since 2012.
Then again, Novak did decide to play doubles, Federer did not. And because of that Novak’s singles had to be played before the doubles on Wednesday.
Djokovic still gave credit to Kyrgios who has now won all four sets from Novak.
“It’s his style,” Djokovic said. “There is not many players like him on the tour, and, you know, he plays a certain way, and talks and behaves a certain way, which is characteristic for him. Obviously it works.”
After suffering his earliest loss at Indian Wells since 2010 and the end of a 19-match win streak at the event, Djokovic now heads to Miami to defend his title there.
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