Federer backs Djokovic to improve after poor comeback

  • Federer backs Djokovic to improve after poor comeback

Federer backs Djokovic to improve after poor comeback

After another 90-minute delay, the organisers suspended play for the night.

It was another snag in the return for the 30-year-old Djokovic who admitted he was out of sorts while playing in just his second event of 2018.

Federer told reporters on Thursday that he won't be taking anyone for granted in this draw.

After three days of the BNP Paribas Open, Roger Federer has yet to complete a match. He won the final three points to take the match by forcing Delbonis to dump all three of those shots into the net.

Federer faces Serbian Filip Krajinovic tonight in the third round at Indian Wells.

Federer and Djokovic both came into the tournament seeking to become the first six-time victor of the event.

Daniel will next face Leonardo Mayer, who defeated lucky loser Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 6-1.

Seeded losers included Italian No. 16 Fabio Fognini, 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 against Jeremy Chardy of France, and Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, hammered 6-0 6-3 by young Croat Borna Coric.

On Sunday, the former world No. 1 could not even get past his opening match in Indian Wells, despite another extended break from the game he once dominated and after what he termed "a small medical intervention" on his troublesome right elbow. "For me it felt like first match I ever played on tour. Very weird. I completely lost rhythm", said the Serb.

4-6 6-1 in the second-round tie on his first appearance since an injury ended his Australian Open challenge in January.

Djokovic took six months off after Wimbledon past year and returned in January's Australian Open where he lost in the fourth round.

In their only previous meeting, Delbonis beat Federer on clay in 2013, which made him one of the few players with a winning record against the Swiss superstar.

"To me, it's not that surprising", he said.

"It is still early stages for Novak coming back and the first one after surgery. He's got a lot of things going for him, that's for sure".

Jack Sock, David Ferrer, Marin Cilic were also winners along with Gael Monfils who edged John Isner and Milos Raonic who ended the run of Canadian countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-4.

In other men's matches, David Ferrer of Spain defeated Tennys Sandgren of the USA 6-2, 7-6.