The world No.33 crashed out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells with a 6-4 6-4 loss to Philip Kohlschreiber in the second round (his first match of the tournament) on Monday.
The tournament in Indian Wells was Djokovic's first since winning his seventh Australian Open title in January and the 31-year-old said he had already put the defeat behind him and turned his thoughts to next week's Miami Open.
"Miami is the next tournament singles-wise for me, [but] I'm going to try to go all the way here in doubles. Of course, playing the top guys is always a big pleasure, but most of the time they beat you", Kohlschreiber said on court. Djokovic said. "But it just happens, one of those days". "Honestly, at a time like this with that scoreline, I would usually feel very depressed and sad".
But in a match that resumed after rain stopped play following completion of just one game on Monday night, Kohlschreiber looked crisp and confident, breaking the Serbian star for a 4-3 lead in the first and pocketing the set with a service victor on his second set point. Djokovic and Fognini paid the price for not converting their second-set chances as they had break points in three games but didn't realize any of their six break point chances.
Kohlschreiber posted his first victory over a top-ranked player, advancing to a fourth-round where he will face France's Gael Monfils.
Djokovic was bidding to win a sixth title in Indian Wells, which would have broken a tie with Roger Federer for most victories at the ATP 1000 tournament.
In another upset earlier, Pole Hubert Hurkacz fired 10 aces en route to a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over world number seven Kei Nishikori of Japan to reach the fourth round.
Novak Djokovic had no answer
A year before that in Indian Wells, Kohlschreiber celebrated his 400th match win.
"I think I played a very solid match". I've got a lot of messages.
He said: "Whatever the problems were with Djokovic, whether he is less than 100 per-cent medically or whether the off-court politics have got to him - who knows, Kohlschreiber has beaten him". "I tried to be positive throughout the entire match".
The Serb, who now holds three of the four Grand Slam titles, was beaten 6-4 6-4 by the German world number 39.
"Don't remind me of the stats", Wawrinka quipped after pulling off a marathon victory over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. Then it was Kohlschreiber's turn to show some nerves, a sudden spate of four errors, including a double fault, giving Djokovic a break.
Britain's Kyle Edmund beat Radu Albot 6-3 6-3 to reach the last 16.
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