Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Federer through after rain delay, Djokovic ousted

Federer through after rain delay, Djokovic ousted

Argentina's del Potro, who is fresh off winning the Mexican Open title in Acapulco, hammered five aces and broke de Minaur's serve five times. Mayer beat Nishikori's replacement Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 6-4, 6-1.

Daniel, who is ranked 109th in the world, advanced to the third round where he will face Gael Monfils of France. Daniel was unfazed as he clinched the next three points to take a one-set lead. The Swiss veteran endured a torrid few years before bouncing back to winning form in 2017, claiming two of the three Grand Slam tournaments he played.

He has enjoyed a flawless start to 2018 by winning both events he has competed in and taking his career singles title tally to 97.

'You can't really look ahead to semi-finals, finals and speculate about who you could play, ' Federer said.

"I was a little bit exhausted this morning just because the turnaround is always pretty quick", he said. That has always been a rock-solid shot for me throughout my career. "I care about the results".

The 31-year-old Frenchman needed just 71 minutes to dispatch Ebden.

Defending champion Roger Federer eased into the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with an authoritative straight-sets victory over Filip Krajinovic.

Federer is pencilled in to hit the court at around 6pm United Kingdom time.

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

Federer returns to the court tomorrow (Saturday, March 10).

"The ball was flying quite a lot".

But world number one Federer, who won his own contest with Federico Delbonis, had expected that Djokovic would find it tough getting back into the swing of things on the ATP Tour. "I was too close to still beating the best", he said.

He is playing in the Indian Wells main draw for the first time since 2014.

Also, American Taylor Fritz defeated Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1), Croatia's Borna Coric breezed past Roberto Bautista 6-1, 6-3 and Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain, stopped Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 7-5.

His record for the year now stands at 14-0.

Escobedo, 21, is making his Indian Wells debut.

Seventh seed Kevin Anderson took down Nicolas Kicker 7-6 (1) 7-6 (3) and South Korea's Chung Hyeon beat Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-4.

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