Novak Djokovic Stunned by Lucky Loser Luca Nardi at Indian Wells

In a stunning upset at Indian Wells, world number one Novak Djokovic was defeated by 20-year-old lucky loser Luca Nardi in the third round. Nardi, ranked 123rd in the world, had initially been knocked out in qualifying but entered the main draw following another player’s withdrawal. He capitalized on this opportunity by securing a remarkable victory over the 24-time Grand Slam champion.

Italian sensation Nardi showcased his talent by hitting 34 winners en route to a hard-fought 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Djokovic, clinching the match point with a decisive ace. Reflecting on his historic triumph, Nardi expressed disbelief, describing the moment as “crazy” and a “miracle,” especially considering his age and the caliber of his opponent.

Djokovic, who is yet to secure a tournament victory this year, acknowledged the disappointment of his recent performances but remained optimistic about his future prospects. Despite hitting 17 winners during the match, the Serbian superstar struggled to find his rhythm, conceding defeat graciously while highlighting the unpredictable nature of the sport.

For Nardi, the victory over Djokovic represents a monumental milestone in his young career, with the Italian player expressing gratitude and excitement for the opportunity to compete against one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Looking ahead, Nardi is set to face Tommy Paul in the last 16, aiming to build on his impressive performance and continue his remarkable journey at Indian Wells.

In other matches, American Taylor Fritz, along with Holger Rune and Casper Ruud, secured their spots in the last 16 with impressive victories. The tournament continues to deliver surprises and thrilling encounters as the remaining players vie for glory at one of tennis’ most prestigious events.

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