'Fed Express' in a hurry at Indian Wells

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

"In Rotterdam I played five matches in a row", he said.

However, after levelling up at 2-2, Federer hurried to a one-set lead in the next four games, winning three of them to love.

In the women's section at Indian Wells, Simona Halep took pride in rallying past 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide, while Petra Kvitova's remarkable win streak skidded to a halt against another USA teen.

He has carried that form into 2018 and is now unbeaten this year, having made it 20 men's singles major titles following his Australian Open triumph in January. "Filip's wasn't so good and then things go quickly", Federer told Sky Sports in a post-match interview. He had surgery in Switzerland shortly after that. "Nerves were there. I made so many unforced errors".

The 12-time Grand Slam champion was far from his best tennis.

On his highly-anticipated return to the tour after right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a shadow of his former self.

Rafael Nadal
'Fed Express' in a hurry at Indian Wells

Federer and 10th seed Djokovic both came into the tournament seeking to become the first six-time victor of the event.

"I think it speaks to my strengths on court, which is just being clutch and playing my best tennis in the big moments", Fritz said, adding,".it's probably the stat that I'm most proud about in my tennis career". "Unfortunately today I am still not strong enough", he wrote.

His title defence got off to a soggy start on Saturday night when play was suspended because of rain showers with Federer up a set and tied 2-2 in the second.

Spanish 11th seed Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-1 7-5 but 13th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut was dismantled 6-1 6-3 by 21-year-old Croatian Borna Coric.

The world's 100th ranked player, Chardy dispatched 20th-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in just under two hours on Monday.

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