'Fed Express' in a hurry at Indian Wells

Annette Crawford
March 13, 2018

Federer booked his place in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open with a straight-sets 6-2 6-1 win over Krajinovic.

On Saturday, Federer led 6-3, 2-2 when the match was delayed by a heavy drizzle 56 minutes after it began.

Federer improved to 65-5 since returning from a left knee injury previous year with his third-round victory in a rare day match.

In the round of 16 he will play Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, who upset compatriot Adrian Mannarino, the 20th seed, 7-5 4-6 6-1.

On his return from right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a pale shadow of his former self as he went down 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-1 to make a quick exit from a tournament he has won five times.

Both Djokovic and Edmund were making their first appearances since the Australian Open.

However, 25-year-old Daniel dominated the third and final set to take it 6-1.

In large parts of the match, Federer used the drop shot to get the Serbian off the balance.

"It felt like first match I ever played on the tour", Djokovic said.

"Very weird. I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything".

World No. 1 Halep came from behind to beat Dolehide 1-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in the third round of the WTA hard-court tournament, while two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova had her 14-match winning streak snapped as she lost 6-2, 6-4 to 149th-ranked Amanda Anisimova on Sunday.

In the women's section at Indian Wells, Simona Halep took pride in rallying past 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide, while Petra Kvitova's remarkable win streak skidded to a halt against another USA teen. "And even though you don't have pain, you are still thinking about it, because it has been something that I have been feeling and dragging for over two years", Djokovic said.

"I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly. It was a good day". So it was definitely nerve-wracking kind of, but I was enjoying it so much out there and I was playing my best.

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