Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Federer wins, Djokovic out at Indian Wells

Federer wins, Djokovic out at Indian Wells

The 12-time Grand Slam champion was playing his first competitive match since recovery from a wrist injury that hampered his Australian Open campaign in January 2018. "Very weird. I completely lost rhythm", said the Serb.

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

Djokovic shut down his season after Wimbledon in 2017 and despite not being at his best, chose to play at this year's Australian Open where he was ousted by South Korea's Hyeon Chung in the fourth round.

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set, but looked rusty on stadium court, making 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel. Just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks. He had four aces but served poorly overall, making four double faults.

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.

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"The plan wasn't to hit drop shots", Federer said.

"For me it felt like first match I ever played on the tour", Djokovic said after his defeat, as quoted by ATP's official website.

On the women's side, top-ranked Simona Halep came back to top 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in just over two hours.

Federer is making his 17th appearance in the California desert and is assured of remaining world No1 if he makes it to the semifinals.

Federer will face 25th-seed Filip Krajinovic in the third round. Djokovic even admitted that he lacked rhythm in the game.

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"It feels insane. I mean, I'm still in shock", Anisimova said. "I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better".

"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".

If anyone knows what it is like to deal with injuries, it's Juan Martin del Potro - the career of the 2009 US Open victor has been ravaged by wrist injuries.

"But he's strong enough to deal with that, and I love him and I want to see him in the top positions very soon".

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