Novak Djokovic ousted in Indian Wells

Carla Harmon
March 12, 2018

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.

Federer closed out the set on serve and pushed Delbonis to the brink of elimination in the process; however, he had to come back from a 15-40 deficit in order to do so.

When play resumed Sunday, Federer and Delbonis traded holds of serve before going to a tiebreak.

INDIAN WELLS-Rain suspended Roger Federer's opening-round match in the second set last night.

After a closely fought first two sets, Daniel said he sensed Djokovic, still clearly lacking match fitness, was tiring at the start of the third.

Federer is making his 17th appearance in the California desert and is assured of remaining world No 1 if he makes it to the semi-finals.

Sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro took just under 70 minutes to beat Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1 and Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic is also through after a 7-5 6-3 straight sets win over Marton Fucsovics.

The defending champion will face Serbia's Filip Krajinovic in the round of 32.

Novak Djokovic is still trying to find his old form as he crashed out of Indian Wells tournament in his first match on Sunday.

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

But the decision backfired as he peppered the court with 61 unforced errors and totally faded away in the third set in the second round clash that lasted 2 hours 30 minutes.

"I just completely lost rhythm, everything", Djokovic told reporters afterwards.

South African seventh seed Kevin Anderson also prevailed in his second round match, 7-5 6-4 over Russian Evgeny Donskoy.

It was the earliest loss for Djokovic at Indian Wells since a first-round exit in 2006.

Djokovic underwent right elbow surgery after falling in the fourth round of the Australian Open in January. "I'd like to congratulate my opponent for fighting and showing great, great spirit on the court", said Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic during his second round match against Taro Daniel. He had four aces but served poorly overall making four double faults and winning just 65 percent of his first-serve points.

"To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said.

"And even though you don't have pain, you're still thinking about it, because it's been something that I have been feeling and dragging for over two years". "And I just have to work really hard and keep that motivation high to be able to win matches".

For Daniel, a third-round meeting with world No. 47 Leonardo Mayer awaits.

Meanwhile, two-time champion Victoria Azarenka's comeback was short-lived as she fell 1-6, 5-7 to the 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in Round 2.

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