Federer opens Indian Wells title defence with two-day win

Dianna Christensen
March 14, 2018

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

The Melbourne event was Djokovic's first since Wimbledon last summer, as he was sidelined due to the elbow ailment that ultimately led to the operation. "That is as head scratching as anything you'll see".

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has enjoyed a flawless start to 2018 winning the Australian Open and ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, and is bidding to claim a record sixth title - his 28th Masters 1000 crown - in the California desert.

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

"I mean, a bit of both, I guess", he said.

Kasatkina has beaten all four of the current Grand Slam champions in the previous year: French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko, Australian Open victor Caroline Wozniacki, Wimbledon victor Garbine Muguruza and now Stephens. "Just one of those days when you're not able to find the rhythm from the baseline, especially the backhand side". He had surgery in Switzerland shortly after that.

Federer has to at least reach the semi-finals this week to make sure he retains his world No 1 ranking and, despite losing his serve early in the first set, he outmanoeuvred the Serbian in a 6-2 6-1 victory, which lasted 58 minutes.

Federer staved off a set point in the tiebreak to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (6).

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He was uncharacteristically sloppy - as in 40 unforced errors sloppy.

"The nighttime is much deader".

"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", Federer said. "The surface doesn't react so much".

Daniel, who is ranked 109th in the world, advanced to the third round where he will face Gael Monfils of France.

Kevin Anderson put on a serving masterclass as he saw off Nicolas Kicker 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-3). "But at the same time, just didn't feel good at all".

Yuki Bhambri of India pulled off a surprise when he toppled ninth-seeded French ninth seed Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4.

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

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