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It felt like my first match on Tour — Djokovic

It felt like my first match on Tour — Djokovic”

Novak Djokovic and British No1 Kyle Edmund suffered disappointing defeats at Indian Wells on Sunday. But the Argentine backed Djokovic to recover.

For now, Del Potro - given his strong start to 2018 - would appear to be Roger Federer's major rival in Indian Wells. Should he fall before the semi-finals, Rafael Nadal will return to top spot because he is only dropping 90 points from his fourth-round result in Indian Wells last year. Indeed, he has just 28 match wins to his name.

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

Federer said he understands well how even a champion like Djokovic could be struggling to find his game so soon after having surgery.

Dimitrov won the ATP Finals in November, and three weeks ago lost to Federer in the final of the Rotterdam tournament. Federer was then enduring some very poor form and proved a rather different proposition for Delbonis in the Californian desert.

Krajinovic, also seeded, received a bye into the second round where he faced Mitchell Krueger of the United States.

American Taylor Fritz enjoyed a comeback victory over Fernando Verdasco 4-6 6-2 7-6 (7-1).

When asked to clarify, the Serb said: "Yeah, everything, nerves". The Swiss' greatest strengths are his serve and forehand, both of which, whilst not the most powerful, are incredibly accurate. The Swiss, who skipped the clay last year, says he will make a decision whether to play on the slippery surface after Miami, but will likely not play Monte Carlo. "But at the same time, I just didn't feel good at all", he added. "So naturally, it's all a change".

Federer charged into a 4-1 lead, then went ahead 5-2, stuttering before clinching the match with a stretching trademark volley that Delbonis returned into the net.

"The nighttime is much deader". Federer has won 14 straight matches on hard court.

"You've got to be ready for it. It's what tennis players do". Deny Federer the chance to dictate as often as possible and Krajinovic may have the beginnings of a chance.

"You keep doing it, doing it but then you have to be careful you don't get too cute with it". "So I was able to take advantage of it".

It was a routine day for Federer, who saw off his Serbian opponent 6-2 6-1 on Stadium 1.



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