Roger Federer makes big Novak Djokovic prediction after Indian Wells shock

Roger Federer makes big Novak Djokovic prediction after Indian Wells shock

"And I was able to stay pretty tough, so I'm pretty proud of that".

Djokovic's performance in the final set against the world's 109th-ranked player on centre court raised some eyebrows, with four-times grand slam champion Jim Courier saying the Serb had "capitulated".

World number 1 Roger Federer defeated Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) to advance to the third round at Indian Wells on Sunday. But I recovered very quickly, and I got myself ready.

Federer returned to stadium court on Sunday afternoon and needed an hour to close out his second-round victory 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

Federer stressed it was always going to be hard for the six-time Australian victor to impress on his return from injury, which is why the 36-year-old was not surprised following Djokovic's struggle in Indian Wells.

The 12-time major victor led 5-2 in the opener, but Daniel fought back well to clinch the first set on a tie-break, and although Djokovic pulled level, 61 unforced errors from the five-time champion saw Daniel clinch victory after two-and-a-half hours. So talking about faster, I just think there is more bounce to it, especially if you play someone who has a lot of spin like he has and kicks the ball around a lot. "When you go away from the game for a two-month period, it starts feeling a little bit that way". You know, when you do come back, it's like, oh, those break points; oh, those deuce points; those 30-All points; 15-30s; first point of the game. "That is as head scratching as anything you'll see".

"Look, still such early stages for Novak coming back and the first one after surgery". "And if his body feels good, the tennis comes along and the confidence comes along too". Yeah, just - he's only going to get better from here.

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Federer raced out to a 4-1 and 5-2 advantage in the second set, but Delbonis - who won the only other match the pair have played - rallied to force a tiebreak.

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Two of the biggest ATP stars had contrasting fortunes at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California on Sunday as the top seed Roger Federer entered the third round but five-time champion Novak Djokovic crashed out in his first match of his comeback.

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

Top American Jack Sock has reached the third round. He will face Gael Monfils in the next match.

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