Roger Federer has revealed that he is not surprised that Novak Djokovic has been eliminated in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, according to a report on the Tennis World.
Djokovic was stunned by world number 109 Taro Daniel who defeated the former world number one in convincing fashion.
The Serbian international star has been recovering from elbow surgery which he had done in February after pulling out of the Australian Open a month earlier.
As for Federer, he has seen himself play some of the best tennis of his hugely successful career. The Swiss star has taken the number one spot in the ATP world rankings and breezed through into the next round of this tournament by beating Federico Delbonis.
When speaking about Djokovic’s exit, Federer remarked:
To me, it’s not that surprising, you know.
When you go away from the game for, let’s say, over a two-month period maybe, it starts feeling a little bit that way.
Look, still such early stages for Novak coming back and the first one after surgery. He’s only going to get better from here. He knows that. We all know that. But it was nice to see him playing again.
Djokovic was visibly rusty and maybe he rushed himself back from the surgery too quickly.