Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Roger Federer leading Federico Delbonis at Indian Wells when rain forces delay

Roger Federer leading Federico Delbonis at Indian Wells when rain forces delay

Top-ranked Roger Federer's BNP Paribas Open title defense began successfully Sunday, as he defeated Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the second round of the tournament at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.

Gael Monfils upset No. 15 seed and 2012 runner-up John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-5.

In the tiebreaker, Federer took a 5-2 lead but Delbonis battled back to win a long rally and tie it 5-5.

The Austrian star, who lost in the last 16 at the Australian Open, has now advanced to at least the quarter-finals of four of his five tour-level tournaments in 2018.

Federer, who earned his fifth title at Indian Wells previous year, saved a set point in the second-set tiebreaker and advanced to face Filip Krajinovic on Monday.

In the second set, Federer and Delbonis traded holds to make it 2-2 before rain caused yet another delay.

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.

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The fourth-seeded Zverev was also stunned, suffering a 7-5 5-7 6-4 loss to Sousa.

He accepted his lack of composure during the game.

Tomas Berdych was the first player through to the third round as he progressed in his opening match at Indian Wells for the eighth time in his past nine appearances.

Djokovic had further surgery on a persistent elbow injury in February.

"Just struggled also a bit with the health the last couple of weeks".

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set but looked rusty on stadium court, making 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel.

Djokovic had four aces but served poorly overall, making four double faults. "Very weird. I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything". "So talking about faster, I just think there is more bounce to it, especially if you play someone who has a lot of spin like he has and kicks the ball around a lot". "I'd like to congratulate my opponent for fighting and showing great, great spirit on the court", said Djokovic. "He's only going to get better from here". In other action, qualifier Yuki Bhambri continued his strong run of form, securing just his second Top 20 win with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over ninth seed Lucas Pouille.

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