Djokovic Stunned By Lucky Loser Nardi At Indian Wells; Sinner v Shelton, Kerber v Wozniacki

by Staff | March 12th, 2024, 11:24 am

Maybe time is catching up to Novak Djokovic. The Serb, who did not look particularly good at the Australian Open, then struggled a bit in his Indian Wells opener Saturday, was ushered out of the event in stunning fashion Monday by world No. 123 Luca Nardi 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Nardi, who was a lucky loser in the event (he lost in qualies), would send an early message breaking Djokovic at 2-all in the first before the Serb jumped back on top early in the second. Game on.

The 20-year-old has no issue hanging with Djokovic, and often got better of the rallies behind his great power. He struck the final blow breaking Djokovic to go up 4-2 in the third.

“Congrats to him for particularly in the third set playing some great, great tennis,” Djokovic said in defeat.

“I watched him play. I didn’t know much about him, but I watched him play, and I knew he possesses great quality tennis from the baseline, especially the forehand side. Moves well. Very talented.

“He got in as a Lucky Loser to main draw, so he really didn’t have anything to lose, so he played great. Deserved to win. I was more surprised with my level. My level was really, really bad.

“That’s it, you know. These two things come together. He’s having a great day; I’m having a really bad day. Results as a negative outcome for me.

“I helped him play well, and I didn’t help myself at all.”

Djokovic, a 5-time tournament champion, was playing his first Indian Wells since 2019, and just his second event of the year.

“I could have done everything different,” Djokovic added. “Very poor performance from my side.

“Yeah, no titles this year. That’s not something I’m used to. I was starting the season most of my career with a Grand Slam win or, you know, Dubai win, or any or tournament.

“It’s fine. You know, it’s part of the sport. You just have to accept it. Some you win; some you lose. Hopefully I’ll win some more and still keep going.”

Djokovic will now look ahead to Miami while Nardi is into the final 16 at a Masters.

“I think that before this night no one knew me,” Nardi said. “I hope that the crowd enjoyed the game. I’m super happy with this one.

“I think it is a miracle, because I am a 20-year-old guy, 100 in the world, and beating Novak. It’s crazy.”

Former runner-up Daniil Medvedev moved on in a 16-break match defeating Sebastian Korda 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Medvedev along had 22 break points converting nine.

In the women’s draw, Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka eased past US Open winner Emma Raducanu 6-3, 7-5.

And Elise Mertens knocked out comeback girl Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-4.

Today, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek returns in fourth round action against Yulia Putintseva. Former No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber collide.

For the men, Carlos Alcaraz takes on the guy who beat him in Rome, Fabian Marozsan and in the match of the day, Jannik Sinner puts a 17-match win streak on the line against Ben Shelton. It’s their third meeting — they split two last fall.

Stadium 1 – 11 a.m.
Anastasia Potapova vs. Jasmine Paolini

Not before 1 p.m.
Fabian Marozsan vs. Carlos Alcaraz
Coco Gauff/Jessica Pegula vs. Asia Muhammad/Ena Shibahara or Gabriela Dabrowski/Erin Routliffe

6 p.m.
Ben Shelton vs. Jannik Sinner
Iga Swiatek vs. Yulia Putintseva

Stadium 2- 11 a.m.
Jiri Lehecka vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas

Not before 1 p.m.:
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Marta Kostyuk
Alexander Zverev vs. Alex De Minaur

6 p.m.
Angelique Kerber vs. Caroline Wozniacki
Wesley Koolhof/Nikola Mektic vs. Ivan Dodig/Austin Krajicek

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20 Comments for Djokovic Stunned By Lucky Loser Nardi At Indian Wells; Sinner v Shelton, Kerber v Wozniacki

skeezer Says:

Lucky Loser #123. LOL. “Yeah, no titles this year….”


Looking forward to the Shelton/Sinner match.

TennisSweater Says:

Even the greatest of champions must someday confront the inevitable. Novak has been extraordinary and I so want to believe the man who generated some of the greatest tennis ever witnessed is experiencing just a valley. But logic is gnawing at that perception.

skeezer Says:

Sinner / Shelton match was very entertaining, much needed for tennis.

Alison hodge Says:

Yes it was Sinner continues to look very impressive

Giles Says:

Ha. No faker fans here today? Hiding no doubt!

zed Says:

Giles, I’m here little man.

How’s your Mum? Hope she’s well and keeping you well fed.

It’s remarkable how much the tennis world has been in shock that Novak lost a match! Just shows much they expect of him which shows how much they are in awe of him.

Firstly, the man is human, secondly the man is no spring chicken anymore and thirdly, he gets in there and gives it a shot unlike some cowardly, weaselly, balding, Spanish players I could name.

I look forward to seeing how many matches Novak can win this year. If he doesn’t win as many as he’d like then he could decide it’s time to retire. If he can still win a tournament or two he may decide to keep playing for longer.

Either way, he’s already got more slams, more 1000s, more 500s, more weeks at number #1, more ATP finals etc etc etc than any man before him. In other words, if he decides it’s time to retire then God bless him, he’s already won everything that can be won and he’s beaten very soundly his two main rivals which were Roger and Baldy.

I am guessing your used to this aren’t you Giles? Being on the losing side I mean, that’s something you’ve had to live with your whole life right? Losing would be something you have grown comfortable with I would guess.

Giles Says:

Can’t stop laughing! I see I woke you up XYZ! Blah blah blah ………………….

skeezer Says:

“ ..It’s remarkable how much the tennis world has been in shock that Novak lost a match!”
No way the tennis world is in shock! Love this :)

Alison hodge Says:

I’m not in sock, all players win, all players lose, tennis isn’t just about one player….

Anyway Sinner match entertaining, wonder how long he can keep this run going….

Zed Says:

Alison, Sinner is going to dominate over the next decade or more.

It won’t be Alcaraz, it will be Sinner.

Just remember that the bible tells us we are all Sinners, especially me :)

Alison hodge Says:

Each to their own Zed, I don’t believe in the Bible personally, I’m Pagan, which isn’t a religion as such, more a way of life, we don’t judge other people’s beliefs….

Anyway I digress, I don’t know who will dominate in the future, Alcaraz / Sinner, or somebody else, both play great tennis, so time will tell

Wog Boy Says:

Nole pulled out of Miami.
As I said on the other thread, Novak considered Sunsine double as a family holiday, never took it seriously nor practised seriously for it, now he is going to spend some time in his Miami penthouse and back for a clay season.

Wog Boy Says:

When you have wife that demand 100% attention, plus kids, plus basketball mates, no time for practice and tennis:

Wog Boy Says:

Visiting UCLA with family and other social commitments:

skeezer Says:

^And…thank you for that commercial break……

And now back to tennis;

Sinner into the semi’s!!

Wog Boy Says:

^ And … Sleezer, are you dyslexic by any chance, this is Djokovic thread, the one you used to cheer for in 2011 and had a running battles with Rafa fans, Sinner thread is one above, so you are free to post there.
We are doing just that, discussing Djokovic on Djokovic thread.

Don’t tell me you are Sinner fan now, you are a champion of bandwagoners, there are few bandwagoners who are closing down on you, it’s a tight race.

skeezer Says:

Djoker is out, no more to see here for you fan boys in this tournament.
Sinner, which is in this headline(see above), is in, and quit name callng posters whose post you don’t like.
You need to go over to “No Miami for Djokovic? Thread and discuss with Zed&CF1, am sure they will chat with you, and is the appropriate place.

Wog Boy Says:

^And …Sleezer, Nole is out but thread is open, , you addressed me (unnecessarily) and got the response, if you are not happy with response don’t read it and if you need shoulder to cry you can always turn to your best mate Gisele.

Alison hodge Says:

Sinner / Alcaraz a match I’m really looking forward to, may the best man win, shame I have to go to work grrrr

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