Roger Federer continues hot form, downs Federico Delbonis at Indian Wells

  • Roger Federer continues hot form, downs Federico Delbonis at Indian Wells

Roger Federer continues hot form, downs Federico Delbonis at Indian Wells

JAPANESE qualifier Taro Daniel sent five-time tournament champion Novak Djokovic tumbling out of the Indian Wells Masters with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 victory on Monday (AEST).

Federer, who earned his fifth title at Indian Wells past year, saved a set point in the second-set tiebreaker and advanced to face Filip Krajinovic on Monday.

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

Federer stressed it was always going to be hard for the six-time Australian victor to impress on his return from injury, which is why the 36-year-old was not surprised following Djokovic's struggle in Indian Wells.

After losing to Hyeon Chung in the fourth round of the Australian Open, Djokovic took some time to get himself healthy.

"It felt like the first match I have ever played on the tour, very weird", Djokovic told reporters.

Other seeded men advancing were: No. 7 Kevin Anderson defeated Evgeny Donskoy 7-5, 6-4, No. 12 Tomas Berdych rolled past German Maximilian Marterer 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour.

"When you do come back from injury or when you haven't played in a long time, it just takes extra effort". His backhand, traditionally his most consistent and game-breaking weapon, bled errors-32 in all. Mayer was supposed to play Kei Nishikori in his second-round match, but the former US Open finalist withdrew from the tournament due to illness.

Djokovic - who benefited from a bye in the first round - relinquished a 5-2 lead in the first set and wound up committing 61 unforced errors.

For now, Del Potro - given his strong start to 2018 - would appear to be Roger Federer's major rival in Indian Wells.

He will face 25th-seed Filip Krajinovic in the third round.

"I mean, if anyone was at the match, they could see how much the crowd helped me", Fritz said, according to the Desert Sun.

It was the earliest loss for Djokovic at Indian Wells since a first-round exit in 2006.

Frenchman Gael Monfils survived a match point before beating big-serving American John Isner 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 in a contest that had only one break. He defeats Federico Delbonis in straight sets after a rain delay and tough tiebreak.