Federer advances as Djokovic crashes out

Lula Sharp
March 13, 2018

Novak Djokovic on Sunday produced a puzzling performance as the former world No. 1 lost to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

"It was fantastic", the 109th-ranked Daniel said. I'm just so used to the courts here.

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

"But, you know, after an opponent like this, to come back from two breaks down, actually, for me it was nearly impossible".

In their only other ATP meeting in 2013, Delbonis won on clay in Hamburg 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4).

The fact that the young American had never won a WTA-level match until this week validates how much fearless and confident she was while facing one of the most in-form players on the WTA Tour. Whereas, here now you play the same guy the next day, so you can really compare, you know, how different conditions are. "The surface doesn't react so much; the ball doesn't travel so fast". Even though I served my five aces yesterday, I hit none today.

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Sela also took the second set by the same score to seal a 6-4 6-4 victory in 91 minutes against world number 24 Edmund, who replaced the injured Andy Murray as British number one earlier this month.

"I made so many unforced errors that it was just one of those days where you are not able to find the rhythm from the baseline especially from the backhand side". And 3-1, I broke him back. He's always had a great discipline and great work ethic.

"He's got a lot to look forward to".

The 20-time Grand Slam champion next takes on the 25th seed Filip Krajinovic for a spot in the pre-quarter-finals.

Amid a conversation with the umpire and Delbonis on court, Federer could be heard telling his Argentine opponent: "I can start but if you don't wanna start we don't have to". After a slow start to the season, the Serbian quickly got some good results reaching Dubai semifinals and now Indian Wells third round.

At night there will be the "Williams act" between Serena and Venus, then Tomas Berdych will face Hyeon Chung.

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