Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Federer cruises past Krajinovic into fourth round at Indian Wells

Federer cruises past Krajinovic into fourth round at Indian Wells

On his highly-anticipated return to the tour after right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a shadow of his former self. Federer continues his ridiculous stretch of winning tennis, as he's lost just two matches since the 2017 US Open and has won 10 straight sets.

Djokovic took six months off after Wimbledon a year ago and returned at January's Australian Open, where he lost in the fourth round. He had surgery in Switzerland shortly after that.

The 36-year-old had failed to win a Grand Slam title since 2012 when he made a decision to end his season after Wimbledon in July, 2016, which raised a number of questions about his future in the game. "That is as head scratching as anything you'll see".

Federer and 10th seed Djokovic both came into the tournament seeking to become the first six-time victor of the event. The top seed fended off a set point in the tiebreak to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (6).

"I think it speaks to my strengths on court, which is just being clutch and playing my best tennis in the big moments", Fritz said, adding,".it's probably the stat that I'm most proud about in my tennis career". "In the night-time, the ball is much more deader".

But Verdasco struck when it mattered, taking a 5-3 lead in the deciding set after breaking the Bulgarian and securing the match on the second match-point.

Isner, the 15th seed, frittered away seven break points, while Monfils converted one of his three opportunities, which proved enough.

Federer will meet France's Jeremy Chardy in the round of 16, who earlier eliminated his compatriot Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6 and 6-1.

"But I'm happy that I actually was explosive out there today and I felt good".

The tournament also lost Japan's Kei Nishikori, who withdrew through illness.

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