Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Federer dispatches Krajinovic to advance at Indian Wells

Federer dispatches Krajinovic to advance at Indian Wells

"I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything".

He is making a cautious return to the ATP Tour after stopping his 2017 season following Wimbledon, due to a right elbow injury.

Djokovic was stunned by world no. 109 Taro Daniel of Japan in three sets - 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1 at Indian Wells.

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.

His opening match on Saturday night against Federico Delbonis carried over into Sunday afternoon after heavy rains forced a postponement of several night matches.

Djokovic had four aces but overall he served poorly making four double faults and winning just 65 percent of his first-serve points.

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.

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In other men's matches, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1 and set up a third-round showdown with Spaniard David Ferrer, who defeated Tennys Sandgren of the United States 6-2 7-6 (7/3).

"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", Federer said.

Speaking to the media after the match, Djokovic said, "It felt like my first match on tour".

Federer won the Indian Wells championship for a fifth time previous year, adding to his crowns in the Southern California desert in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012. Djokovic even admitted that he lacked rhythm in the game. "But at the same time, I just didn't feel good at all", he added. "You don't have pain, but you're still thinking about it".

"It is still early stages for Novak coming back and the first one after surgery".

Britain's Kyle Edmund, who had been out of action with a hip injury since making the semi-finals at the Australian Open lost out to Israel's Dudi Sela.

"I think it's only (a matter of) time to get where he deserves to be", said Del Potro. I'm very sorry as I love this tournament.

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