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‘Lucky loser’ Luca Nardi stuns Djokovic at Indian Wells

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Luca Nardi upset world No.1 Novak Djokovic

Luca Nardi did the unthinkable on Monday after the Italian upset world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the BNP Paribas Open.

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The 20-year-old Nardi pulled off a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, victory over his boyhood idol Djokovic in their third-round match on Monday night.

The world No.123 flicked an ace to close out the Serbian tennis superstar while dropping his racquet in disbelief.

“I’m a 20-year-old guy, 100 in the world, and beating Novak. So crazy. Crazy,” Nardi told The Tennis Channel.


Nardi was not supposed to be in this situation and was on his way home. 

However, the Italian was tagged as a “lucky loser” after he took the place of No. 30 seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry and got a bye through the opening round.

The win enabled Nardi to become the lowest-ranked player to beat Djokovic in a Grand Slam or an ATP Masters 100-level tournament. He surpassed No. 122 Kevin Anderson in 2008 in Miami.

The Italian now goes on to meet American Paul in the round of 16 for a place in the quarterfinals.

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