Roger Federer eases into Round 4 at Indian Wells

Roger Federer eases into Round 4 at Indian Wells

It was another snag in the return for the 30-year-old Djokovic who was playing in just his second event of 2018 after the Australian Open in January.

"It feels insane; I mean, I'm still in shock", said Anisimova, whose parents are Russian but who represents the United States, where she was born and raised. "But at the same time, just didn't feel good at all".

With his triumph on Monday, Federer, victor of the 2018 Australian Open (20th Grand Slam title) and the Rotterdam tournament, extends his winning streak this year to 14-0. "I played the best set of the whole match and that was really good". "I was too close to still beating the best", he said.

"He obviously wasn't in his top form", Daniel said. "I have to stay sharp".

Djokovic served for the opening set at 5-3 but a sloppy service game saw him get broken.

Federer started quickly hammering a backhand victor to take the lone break of the first set and he would deny a pair of break chances when serving for the opener at 5-3.

Federer charged into a 4-1 lead, then went ahead 5-2, stuttering before clinching the match with a stretching trademark volley that Delbonis returned into the net.

The Serb broke for 4-3 and it was all he needed to level the match as he secured the second set with a down-the-line backhand victor. "I'm glad I get the chance to play while she" still playing".

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"Unfortunately I have to pull out", Nishikori said.

"I was not even supposed to be here because of the surgery that was only five, six weeks ago".

'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. Pete Sampras' Grand Slam record of 14 titles stood for seven years before it was eclipsed by the current ATP men's singles world number one.

Did he struggle more mentally, physically or technically against Daniel?

"Just some inexplicable, uncharacteristic errors, but that's I guess all part of those particular circumstances that I'm in at the moment". "When you go away from the game for over a two-month period, it starts feeling a little bit that way", the Express quoted Federer as saying.

Also through to the third round are Roger Federer, who beat Federico Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (8/6) in one hour and 43 minutes, while Juan Martin Del Potro took just under 70 minutes to beat Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1.

"The Djokovic I know is like the Djokovic I have seen on TV, and he never misses a ball".

"It was fantastic", the 109th-ranked Daniel said.

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