Rain wreaks havoc for Federer at Indian Wells

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

No. 3 Gregor Dimitrov was the first major upset on the men's side of the draw at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday afternoon when Fernando Verdasco beat him 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3.

The 12-time grand slam champion has been sidelined since the Australian Open in January due to an elbow injury and he underwent a "small medical intervention" last month.

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

"Getting through qualifying made me a bit more confident, which gave me the belief.to get through the tougher moments, even against someone like (Djokovic)", he said.

Both Canadians in action lost, as Denis Shapovalov fell 7-6 (3), 6-3 to 30th-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, and 20th-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France defeated qualifier Peter Polansky 6-1, 6-4.

"And not to mention as well, I've played so many tournaments as a kid here".

Daniel, ranked 109 in the world, claimed the biggest win of his career as he prevailed 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1.

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"I played the best set of the whole match and that was really good".

American Amanda Anisimova took down two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-4 in a match lasting just over an hour to become the first 16-year-old to move into the fourth round at Indian Wells since Viktoriya Kutuzova in 2005. I was - I felt close, but, you know, didn't been able to come back.

Daniel, meanwhile, will face the victor of the match between the Belgian Ruben Bemelmans and the Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the third round.

"I just completely lost rhythm, everything", said Djokovic.

"I can't believe I beat someone like (Djokovic) on center court like this, it's pretty insane", Daniel said.

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set but looked rusty on stadium court, making 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel. After a slow start to the season, the Serbian quickly got some good results reaching Dubai semifinals and now Indian Wells third round. Verdasco, 34, is making his 15th straight appearance in Indian Wells and trying to improve on his 2009 quarter-final run.

When play finally started, Federer set out to avenge his defeat to Delbonis in 2013 - the pair's only other ATP meeting.

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