Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Taro Daniel took advantage of Novak Djokovic not being at his best

Taro Daniel took advantage of Novak Djokovic not being at his best

Cuevas was leading 3-6, 6-4, 4-2 when Thiem packed it in. After another 90-minute delay, the organisers suspended play for the night.

Former World No.1 and 12-time Grand Slam champion had a comeback to forget on the ATP Tour, losing in the second round against Taro Daniel.

Federer insisted he was taking it one match at a time.

This was even as Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori have both been eliminated. "I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything", he said.

'We wondered post surgery what it was going to look like, how his elbow was going to react to the strain and stress, but it was his heart and head that didn't react the right way in this match.

Djokovic bowed out to South Korean Chung Hyeon in the fourth round of the 2018 Australian Open.

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I have played under a lot of captains. "For me, it is all about incorporating whatever I have learnt over the years". Then, we have have explosive openers in Gayle and [Aaron] Finch, and down the order, we have David Miller.

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set, but looked rusty on stadium court, making 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel.

"You're only really as good as your last match", Federer said.

"It doesn't take very much to get that feeling back, but in the beginning it's very odd when you haven't played match plays".

Chardy, who came into the all-French tussle with an unbeaten record against Mannarino from their three previous meetings, edged the opening set before the French No 2 hit back to force a decider and claim his first set against the 31-year-old.

Other seeded players who lost were ninth-seeded Lucas Pouille, who fell 6-4, 6-4 to Yuki Bhambri; 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, 7-5, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis; 21st-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 6-4 to Dudi Sela; and number 24 seed Giles Muller, 6-3, 7-5 to Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Argentina's del Potro, who is fresh off winning the Mexican Open title in Acapulco, hammered five aces and broke de Minaur's serve five times. 10th seed and Australian Open semi-finalist Angelique Kerber fought back rain and a set loss to register a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Ekaterina Makarova.

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