Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Federer dispatches Krajinovic to advance at Indian Wells

Federer dispatches Krajinovic to advance at Indian Wells

4-6 6-1 in the second-round tie on his first appearance since an injury ended his Australian Open challenge in January.

"Very weird - I just completely lost rhythm", Djokovic said.

The former world No. 1 is making a cautious return to the ATP Tour after stopping his 2017 season following Wimbledon, due to a right elbow injury.

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.

The 12-time major victor led 5-2 in the opener, but Daniel fought back well to clinch the first set on a tie-break, and although Djokovic pulled level, 61 unforced errors from the five-time champion saw Daniel clinch victory after two-and-a-half hours.

"I 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.

In other men's matches, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1 and set up a third-round showdown with Spaniard David Ferrer, who defeated Tennys Sandgren of the USA 6-2 7-6 (7/3).

Federer barely raised a sweat as he advanced on Monday, the evergreen 36-year-old blitzing Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-1.

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

His opening match on Saturday night against Federico Delbonis carried over into Sunday afternoon after heavy rains forced a postponement of several night matches.

It was another snag in the return for world No13 Djokovic, who admitted he lacked composure while playing in just his second event of 2018 and first since having surgery. But at the same time, just didn't feel good at all. "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".

"In Rotterdam I played five matches in a row", he said. "I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better. I really look forward to being back next year".

Kasatkina has beaten all four of the current Grand Slam champions in the past year: French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko, Australian Open victor Caroline Wozniacki, Wimbledon victor Garbine Muguruza and now Stephens.

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