Federer on fire in Indian Wells

Roger Federer

He was unable to get past his opening match in Indian Wells on Sunday even after another extended break from the game he once dominated and after what he termed "a small medical intervention" on his troublesome right elbow.

Like during his 6-2 6-1 win over Filip Krajinovic in the last 32 at Indian Wells on Monday night when he chose to throw in a little exhibition of how much spin he can deploy with his backhand. The world No. 25 had been scheduled to face Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in a second-round match.

"At the same time, I enjoy playing the guy, just because it's one of the ultimate challenges to play Novak, Andy, Rafa, Stan, you name it, all these guys".

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And consider Federer won the Australian Open a year ago after taken six months off the tour!

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set, but looked rusty on stadium court, making 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel. "I just completely lost rhythm, everything, struggled a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks".

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Playing for a third consecutive day due to weather delays, the 36-year-old Swiss showed no sign of wear en route to a 6-2, 6-1 thrashing of the Serbian in the pair's first ever meeting.

Seventh seed Kevin Anderson took down Nicolas Kicker 7-6 (1) 7-6 (3) and South Korea's Chung Hyeon beat Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-4.

"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", he said. "I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better".

Also, American Taylor Fritz defeated Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1), Croatia's Borna Coric breezed past Roberto Bautista 6-1, 6-3 and Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain, stopped Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 7-5.

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

The win sets up a third-round showdown with Spaniard David Ferrer, who defeated Tennys Sandgren of the USA 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). Fifth seed Karolina Pliskova too needed three sets to reach the fourth round but the French Open titlist Jelena Ostapenko bowed out.

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