Roger Federer suffered a shock defeat by Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Miami Open as the Australian beat the world number one 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4) in the second round on Saturday.
In fact, the 30-year-old Serb was top of the men's tennis world for much of that time period, posting a year-end ranking that never fell below No. 3 and ending four of those 10 seasons as No. 1.
Djokovic's backhand collapsed nearly completely at the end of the first set and while he improved slightly in the second he was broken at 4-5 for the world-ranked 47 Paire.
Paire advances to face No. 22 seed Filip Krajinovic after the Serbian dispatched Liam Broady of the United Kingdom 6-3, 6-2. I just wasn't able to break him down. Just it's impossible at the moment.
Paire broke Djokovic at love to seal the win, Djokovic dumping a backhand into the net on the Frenchman's first match point. Unfortunately, I'm not at the level they would like to see me at and I would like to see myself at.
"It's been a fun ride and there's a lot of attention, a lot of energy around my matches which also helped me to play better".
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"Of course, I want to be able to play as well as I want to play". I'm aware of that.
"The other ones you had to feel really good, focus, move your legs, you had to be on at all times to play with it". As he gears up for the 2018 Miami Open, we have to pause and look back at the first three months of his year. I wanted to get a couple tournaments before the clay-court season starts.
It was the second loss in six days for the Swiss champion, who was beaten by Juan Martin del Potro in the Indian Wells final.
"I obviously wasn't ready for that". Having won the tournament previous year, the Swiss tennis star is one of the firm favourites to retain his title. I'm trying to figure things out'.
That match in Indian Wells, Djokovic's first since he underwent a "small medical intervention" on his problematic right elbow marked Djokovic's worst ATP Masters 1000 loss since 2008 when he lost in the second round on Key Biscayne.
"I don't know what to expect", he added after being asked if he anticipates a return to his peak form sometime in the future.
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