Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Federer dispatches Krajinovic to advance at Indian Wells

Federer dispatches Krajinovic to advance at Indian Wells

Federer was clearly not in the mood to get acquainted with the Serbian, though, running out a comfortable 6-2 6-1 victor in just under an hour.

Though Djokovic came back to win the second set, he lost momentum, bowing out 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 1-6. Djokovic who had been out of action for nearly two months after his defeat against Korean Chung at the Australian Open had taken the second half of 2017 off to heal from an elbow injury.

Federer blasted six aces, had one double fault and won 89 percent of his first serve points, losing just three points on his serve the entire match.

After his defeat, a bemused Djokovic said: "It felt like the first match I have ever played on the tour, very weird". Djokovic even admitted that he lacked rhythm in the game. I just completely lost rhythm, everything.

Holder Roger Federer avoided the same fate as Djokovic, though the Swiss top seed was pushed hard by Argentine Federico Delbonis in a match that was completed on Sunday after being halted by rain on Saturday.

Edmund, who has been out of action with a hip injury since his brilliant performance in Melbourne, led Israel's Dudi Sela 3-1 in the opening set and had two break points to go further ahead.

Roger Federer Indian Wells
GETTYFederer took shelter while he waited for the rain to pass

Djokovic shut down his season after Wimbledon in 2017 and despite not being at his best, made a decision to play at this year's Australian Open where he was ousted by South Korea's Hyeon Chung in the fourth round. But at the same time, just didn't feel good at all.

"I think it's only (a matter of) time to get where he deserves to be", said Del Potro. "Filip's wasn't so good and then things go quickly", Federer told Sky Sports in a post-match interview. The first break of serve came in game five after a forced error from Roger but he pulled it back in the very next game when he stole Canas's serve at love to level the score at 3-3. World number three Marin Cilic also won Sunday, defeating Marton Fucsovics in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.

South Korea's Hyeon Chung, who surpassed all expectations to reach the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, also advanced, taking almost three hours to overcome Dusan Lajovic 6-7 (11/9) 6-3 6-3.

But World No 5 Alexander Zverev is out, having lost a two hour, 23 minute marathon to the 85th-ranked Joao Sousa of Portugal.

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).


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