Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
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Federer wins at Indian Wells, Djokovic crashes out

Federer wins at Indian Wells, Djokovic crashes out

It was a routine day for Federer, who saw off his Serbian opponent 6-2 6-1 on Stadium 1.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has enjoyed a flawless start to 2018 winning the Australian Open and ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, and is bidding to claim a record sixth title - his 28th Masters 1000 crown - in the California desert.

Elsewhere, world number one Roger Federer booked his place in the third round with a 6-3 7-6 (8-6) victory over Argentina's Federico Delbonis.

Djokovic was defeated by the enthusiasm of his rival, who did not miss the unique opportunity to win the game during the first time they played against each other.

Krajinovic reacted well to Federer's first blow, breaking back immediately after going 2-0 down at the beginning of the match.

Is there really any reason to believe that Roger Federer won't be the last man standing when the championship trophies are handed out Sunday at Indian Wells?

"I just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks".

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

The 21-year-old Zimbabwe Davis Cup team player, who is the younger brother of professional tennis player Benjamin Lock, later spoke of his delight at rubbing shoulders with the successful trio in an interview with Standardsport. "Very weird", he said of the loss to Daniel.

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set on Sunday but the rust from the layoff was evident as he made 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel.

"You're still battling inside of your mind", he added, referencing his recent elbow surgery.

"I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice, and then also mixing in with drop shots eventually", Federer said, as quoted on ATP's official site. Daniel went up 4-1 in the tiebreak before Djokovic got the minibreak back.

Federer will meet France's Jeremy Chardy in the round of 16, who earlier eliminated his compatriot Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6 and 6-1.

In other men's matches, David Ferrer of Spain defeated Tennys Sandgren of the United States 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).

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