Not surprised by Novak Djokovic's loss right after surgery, says Roger Federer

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 14, 2018

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 just completely lost rhythm, everything, struggled a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks.

The win sets up a third-round showdown with Spaniard David Ferrer, who defeated Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

"It feels insane. I mean, I'm still in shock", Anisimova said.

Israeli Dudi Sela beat British 21st seed Edmund 6-4 6-4, while Luxemburg's 24th seed Giles Muller was upset by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 7-5.

Roger Federer has stressed that he is not surprised after Novak Djokovic crashed out in the early stages of the 2018 Indian Wells and the world No.1 has backed the Serbian star to "only get better from here".

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

Not surprised by Novak Djokovic's loss right after surgery, says Roger Federer
Not surprised by Novak Djokovic's loss right after surgery, says Roger Federer

The 20-time grand slam champion is seeking his third ATP World Tour title of the season and the 98th of his illustrious career.

Surprisingly, the Serb was able to break straight back when Federer wobbled slightly, and he then held his nerve brilliantly to claim the consolidating hold and move to 2-2.

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.

Indications that he was in good touch came in the second game of the match when he sealed a break to go 2-0 ahead. "She's the best player I have ever played, and it was the biggest court I have ever played on".

Daniel, speaking on the biggest win of his career, said, "It's kind of hard to describe.I can't believe I beat someone like that on the center court like this; it's insane". "Now we're in Indian Wells and that's my focus and not what I have achieved in the past".

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