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

Federer reaches Indian Wells last 16 in 58 minutes

Federer reaches Indian Wells last 16 in 58 minutes

It was another snag in the return for the 30-year-old Djokovic who admitted he was out of sorts while playing in just his second event of 2018.

"We wondered post surgery what it was going to look like, how his elbow was going to react to the strain and stress, but it was his heart and head that didn't react the right way in this match".

On Krajinovic, Federer said: "I still think he can play much better than he did today".

"It feels insane. I mean, I'm still in shock", Anisimova said. He surpassed Argentine Federico Delbonis after rain forced the Swiss tennis star a victory to wait until next morning on Sunday to clinch his first win of the tournament.

"To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said.

Kevin Anderson put on a serving masterclass as he saw off Nicolas Kicker 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-3). "When you go away from the game for, let's say, over a two-month period maybe, it starts feeling a little bit that way".

Federer is back on court for a third straight day against Djokovic countryman Filip Krajinovic.

In other men's matches, Juan Martin del Potro steamed his way into the third round as the sixth seed needed just 69 minutes to beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-1.

Chardy, who came into the all-French tussle with an unbeaten record against Mannarino from their three previous meetings, edged the opening set before the French No 2 hit back to force a decider and claim his first set against the 31-year-old.

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

In three tournaments prior to the Indian Wells Masters, he has reached the semi-finals only once.

Federer continued: "I wasn't playing that good in my first [opening] round". "So I'm very happy how things are turning out to be".

"Many times I have looked at the draw and, Oh, God, Rafa, is my second round or something".

Nishikori withdrew from the Australian Open earlier this year with a right wrist injury.

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