Roger Federer is stunned by Guillermo Canas after 41 wins

  • Roger Federer is stunned by Guillermo Canas after 41 wins

Roger Federer is stunned by Guillermo Canas after 41 wins

The Serb was once the most dominant player around - winning four straight grand slam titles from 2015 to 2016 - but little of that scintillating form was on display when the 12-time grand slam victor was upset by Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 in the second round in Indian Wells on Sunday.

World No.3 Marin Cilic of Croatia on Sunday defeated Hungary's Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-3 to set up a third-round clash with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Tim Smyczek of the United States 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Federer hit five aces and won 74 percent of his first serve points in the match which took a total of one hour and 41 minutes over the two days.

"For me, it felt like the first match I ever played on the tour", said Djokovic, the No. 10 seed.

Federer said he understands well how even a champion like Djokovic could be struggling to find his game so soon after having surgery.

"I just completely lost rhythm, everything", a candid Djokovic told press.

The match was carried over from Saturday after rain force play to end early with Federer one set up and the scores locked at 2-2 in the second.

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

"We wondered post surgery what it was going to look like, how his elbow was going to react to the strain and stress, but it was his heart and head that didn't react the right way in this match".

"I think it's only (a matter of) time to get where he deserves to be", said Del Potro.

"And even though you don't have pain, you are still thinking about it, because it has been something that I have been feeling and dragging for over two years", Djokovic said.

"But it's not easy to deal with this kind of frustrations after injuries or when you always be the favorite to win a tournament, you come here and you lose in first round". Should he fall before the semi-finals, Rafael Nadal will return to top spot because he is only dropping 90 points from his fourth-round result in Indian Wells a year ago. The first break of serve came in game five after a forced error from Roger but he pulled it back in the very next game when he stole Canas's serve at love to level the score at 3-3.

In other action, Sam Querrey (18) went through after beating Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-5, while Lucas Pouille of France (9) lost out to Yuki Bhambri of India 6-4, 6-4.

South Korea's Hyeon Chung, who surpassed all expectations to reach the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, also advanced, taking almost three hours to overcome Dusan Lajovic 6-7 (11/9) 6-3 6-3.

Gael Monfils upset No. 15 seed and 2012 runner-up John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-5.

Spanish veterans David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez recorded routine straight-sets wins over Tennys Sandgren and Ernesto Escobedo respectively while Philipp Kohlschreiber outlasted Tim Smyczek.