Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Federer wins rain-delayed match, Djokovic ousted in Indian Wells

Federer wins rain-delayed match, Djokovic ousted in Indian Wells

A five-time victor at Indian Wells, Federer needed less than an hour to crush Krajinovic. The Swiss star finished a second-round match that was suspended due to rain Saturday night, completing a 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over Argentina's Federico Delbonis.

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

American Taylor Fritz battled back from a set down to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1) - the victory ensured he has now won 11 of 12 final-set tiebreaks.

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?

But it was only a brief reprieve for Krajinovic, as the world number one romped into the next round in emphatic fashion.

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

Despite the promising outlook, Federer insists he is taking it one match at a time.

Federer will now meet Jeremy Chardy for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Defending champion Federer extended his unbeaten streak in 2018 to 14 matches after blitzing Filip Krajinovic on Monday.

Federer and 10th seed Djokovic both came into the tournament seeking to become the first six-time victor of the event.

It was another snag in the return for the Djokovic, 30, who admitted he was out of sorts while playing in just his second event of 2018.

'You can't really look ahead to semi-finals, finals and speculate about who you could play, ' Federer said. "I mean, I had no expectations", said Djokovic. "I made so many unforced errors that it was just one of those exdays where you are not able to find the rhythm from the baseline especially from the backhand side".

Serbian champion Djokovic was making a return from elbow surgery.

He had four aces but served poorly overall, making four double faults.

"We wondered post surgery what it was going to look like, how his elbow was going to react to the strain and stress, but it was his heart and head that didn't react the right way in this match". "When you go away from the game for over a two-month period it starts feeling a little bit that way".

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