Federer opens Indian Wells title defense with 2-day win

Florence Fletcher
March 13, 2018

Former world no. 1 Novak Djokovic said he felt "weird" and acknowledged he "completely lost rhythm" during his second-round exit at BNP Paribas Open - the ongoing ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells on Sunday, March 11.

He then announced in early February that he had undergone a "small medical intervention" on the elbow, before practicing in Las Vegas with his renown coach Andre Agassi. Djokovic even admitted that he lacked rhythm in the game.

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

"I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly but at the same time just didn't feel good at all".

Daniel was victorious after two hours and 30 minutes and benefitted from 61 unforced errors from Djokovic, who has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles. "So talking about faster, I just think there is more bounce to it, especially if you play someone who has a lot of spin like he has and kicks the ball around a lot".

Japan's Kei Nishikori withdrew through illness before playing his opening match of the tournament.

Federer blasted six aces, had one double fault and won 89 percent of his first serve points, losing just three points on his serve the entire match.

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He was free in the opening round of Indian Wells and his first rival was a lucky loser Guillermo Canas who stunned Roger 7-5 6-2 in an hour and 45 minutes to deliver the first loss of the world number 1 since August previous year!

Djokovic, meanwhile, is scheduled to compete in the Miami Open in just over a week.

Federer won the Indian Wells championship for a fifth time past year, adding to his crowns in the Southern California desert in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012.

Holder Roger Federer avoided the same fate as Djokovic, though the Swiss top seed was pushed by left-handed Argentine Federico Delbonis in a match that was completed on Sunday after being halted by rain at 2-2 in the second set the previous day.

Another love game kicked off the second set and Federer was 3-0 up before Krajinovic managed to momentarily stem the tide.

On the other hand, Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco powered past third seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (4) 4-6 6-3. The 10th seed in the women's draw.

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