Federer takes care of business, Djokovic crashes out

The Swiss completed his win over Argentina's Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6 (6) to reach the third round against 25 seed Filip Krajinovic of Serbia.

Federer was asked about Djokovic's loss and what it's like coming back from an injury layoff.

Resuming play beneath a pristine sky this afternoon, Federer hit a double fault at 5-all in the tie break to give Delbonis a set point.

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But it was only a brief reprieve for Krajinovic, as the world number one romped into the next round in emphatic fashion.

In other men's matches on Friday, Felix Auger-Aliassime, who is the youngest player in the draw at 18 years, seven months, defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) in an all-Canadian second round matchup.

Federer and 10th seed Djokovic both came into the tournament seeking to become the first six-time victor of the event.

Novak Djokovic's first match since the 2018 Australian Open did not go as planned, as the Serb lost to qualifier Taro Daniel in three sets during Sunday's early action at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

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It was another snag in the return for the 30-year-old Djokovic who was playing in just his second event of 2018 after the Australian Open in January.

"When you go from night to day [in consecutive days, you're usually] playing a different opponent", said Federer, who couldn't remember the last time he had played a match that was interrupted overnight.

"I was a little bit exhausted this morning just because the turnaround is always pretty quick", he said.

Serbian champion Djokovic was making a return from elbow surgery.

He has carried that form into 2018 and is now unbeaten this year, having made it 20 men's singles major titles following his Australian Open triumph in January.

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set on Sunday but the rust from the layoff was evident as he made 62 unforced errors overall.

He then took Federer to deuce in the next game.

"I was feeling like he was not loving my slice and I was also mixing in drop shots", said Federer who extended his ideal record this season to 14-0. "And even though you don't have pain, you are still thinking about it because it's something I've been feeling and dragging for over two years".

  • Adam Floyd