Novak Djokovic Stunned by Upset Loss to World No. 123 at BNP Paribas Open

Novak Djokovic Stunned by Upset Loss to World No. 123 at BNP Paribas Open

Novak Djokovic’s Shocking Defeat: World No. 123 Upsets Tennis Titan at BNP Paribas Open

Novak Djokovic suffered a stunning upset in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, falling to World No. 123 Luca Nardi in a match that left the Serbian frustrated and surprised by his own performance. Nardi, who entered the main draw as a lucky loser, capitalized on Djokovic’s off-day to secure a three-set victory marked by aggressive play.

Reflecting on his defeat, Djokovic acknowledged Nardi’s strong performance but admitted his own subpar level of play. He described his performance as “really, really bad” and lamented his defensive approach, which allowed Nardi to dictate play and capitalize on opportunities.

This loss comes as Djokovic’s first tournament appearance since his semifinal exit at the Australian Open in January. Despite a gritty opening-round win against Aleksandar Vukic, Djokovic struggled to find his rhythm against Nardi, managing just two winners in the decisive third set.

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The defeat marks only the second time in six years, the other being in 2022, that Djokovic hasn’t clinched a title by March, a fact that the top-ranked player finds concerning. Djokovic expressed a sense of urgency to address his form and find solutions to his recent struggles, emphasizing his unfamiliarity with a title-less start to the season.

Acknowledging the ups and downs of the sport, Djokovic remains optimistic about his prospects moving forward but acknowledges the need to break his recent “negative cycle” and return to his best form. With an eye on future tournaments, Djokovic remains determined to bounce back and add to his illustrious trophy collection.

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