Indian Wells Masters: Roger Federer beats Federico Delbonis to enter next round

Roger Federer

Federer wrapped up a 6-3, 7-6 (6) triumph over Delbonis with a flourish soaring for an artistic high-backhand volley to charge into the BNP Paribas Open third round.

His title defence got off to a soggy start Saturday night when play was suspended because of rain showers with Federer up a set and tied 2-2 in the second.

After a closely fought first two sets, Daniel said he sensed Djokovic, still clearly lacking match fitness, was tiring at the start of the third. After another 90-minute delay, the organisers suspended play for the night.

His first event since becoming the oldest player to clinch the No.1 ranking, Federer improved to 13-0 in 2018, but will need to reach the semi-finals or risk being overtaken by Rafael Nadal.

He will face Filip Krajinovic in the third round.

Novak Djokovic is still trying to find his old form as he crashed out of Indian Wells tournament in his first match on Sunday.

Djokovic was makings his first appearance since being stunned by Hyeon Chung at the Australian Open. He advanced after two hours and 30 minutes, firing 20 winners while benefitting from an uncharacteristic 61 unforced errors from Djokovic.

Former world number seven Verdasco sent Dimitrov packing following his 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-3 win on Saturday.

"I can't believe I beat someone like (Djokovic) on center court like this, it's pretty insane", Daniel said.

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After both players spurned opportunities at the start of the decider, it was Daniel who made the first move by establishing a 4-1 advantage as Djokovic appeared to wilt in the Californian heat.

Federer is a five-time victor of the BNP Paribas Open, which ties him with Novak Djokovic for the most of all time.

On his highly-anticipated return to the tour after right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a shadow of his former self.

The five-time Indian Wells champion regained his composure and the momentum by breaking for a 4-3 lead in the second, only to again struggle to get the job done. "Very weird", Djokovic said.

Novak Djokovic during his second round match against Taro Daniel.

He added: "I won't play in Monaco, since I have the foundation trip [to Africa] at the same time, but after Miami I will decide if and when I'll play on clay". "When you go away from the game for over a two-month period it starts feeling a little bit that way".

"I was attacking when I had my chances and controlling most of the times the points", said Cilic. I was able to stay pretty tough, so I'm pretty proud of that. 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.

In another upset, No. 16 Fabio Fognini lost to Jeremy Chardy 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

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