Indian Wells: Roger Federer match suspended, Verdasco stuns Dimitrov

Carrie Guzman
March 13, 2018

Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev made surprise second-round exits at the Indian Wells Masters, while Roger Federer progressed on Sunday.

In his first tournament since his return to number one in the ATP Rankings, the defending champion faced 25th seed Krajinovic for the first time.

But after his second-round match against Federico Delbonis which started at 8 p.m. Saturday night was halted due to rain with Federer up 6-3, 2-2, the match resumed Sunday and ended at about 4 p.m. with Federer winning 6-3, 7-6.

On the men's side, Borna Coric of Croatia upset No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-1, 6-3; Jeremy Chardy beat No. 20 Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in an all-French matchup; and No. 11 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation 6-1, 7-5.

Djokovic was makings his first appearance since being stunned by Hyeon Chung at the Australian Open.

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. I just completely lost rhythm, everything.

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

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

After his defeat, a bemused Djokovic said: "It felt like the first match I have ever played on the tour, very weird".

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Djokovic, who gained a first-round bye, ought to have won the opening set but squandered a break point at 5-2 and the chance to clinch it on serve a game later.

Roger Federer didn't rule out the clay season, at least not yet, he said yesterday at Indian Wells.

However, ninth-seeded Lucas Pouille of France and 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina both lost to qualifiers, and 15th-seeded American John Isner fell to France's Gael Monfils 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-5.

New York-born Daniel, who next faces Leonardo Meyer in the third round, said: "The Djokovic I know is like the Djokovic I have seen on TV, and he never misses a ball, he puts the ball wherever he wants".

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