Federer explains why Novak Djokovic's exit at Indian Wells is 'not surprising'

Annette Crawford
March 13, 2018

But all it takes is one signature win to swiftly turn around a player's fortunes.

The Indian Wells Masters is in full swing and it's been an unhappy return for struggling five times former champion Novak Djokovic.

Federer holds the record for most number of weeks - both consecutively and overall - as the world number one and is not overly concerned about preserving his place at the top of the rankings.

Djokovic, meanwhile, is scheduled to compete in the Miami Open in just over a week. He lost to Chung Hyeon in the Australian Open fourth round in January before undergoing the surgery. He suffered his first opening-round loss in the California desert since his debut in 2006. "It gave me a ton of inspiration for my upcoming matches", he said.

"It feels insane; I mean, I'm still in shock", said Anisimova, whose parents are Russian but who represents the United States, where she was born and raised.

"I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly, but at the same time, I just didn't feel good at all".

It appears as if Novak Djokovic faces a long and hard road back to his glory days on the tennis tour. Federer has carried his form from previous year and is now unbeaten, while Nadal has struggled with injuries and is yet to complete a tournament in 2018.

He was uncharacteristically sloppy - as in 40 unforced errors sloppy. But despite raising his level in the second set and forcing a decider, the Serbian was unable to sustain the sudden shift.

However, Daniel bounced back as he won the third set comfortably to clinch the match.

For Daniel, a third-round meeting with world No. 47 Leonardo Mayer awaits.

He went down 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 to the Japanese qualifier in the second-round match, leaving the 30 year-old to lament a disjointed performance.

Other seeded players who lost were ninth-seeded Lucas Pouille, who fell 6-4, 6-4 to Yuki Bhambri; 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, 7-5, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis; 21st-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 6-4 to Dudi Sela; and No. 24 seed Giles Muller, 6-3, 7-5 to Pierre-Hugues Herbert. He has since reached the quarter-finals at the Citi Open in Washington and hoisted the trophy on home soil at the Pune Challenger in November.

No time to rest for Roger Federer, who after beating Federico Delbonis over two days is back on court on Monday to face Filip Krajinovic for the first time in his career. Earlier in the day, Feliciano Lopez dismissed wild card Ernesto Escobedo 6-4, 6-3 and awaits either eighth seed Jack Sock or Italy's Thomas Fabbiano.

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