Roger Federer On Course To Retain Top Ranking, Cruises Into Last 16

Roger Federer On Course To Retain Top Ranking, Cruises Into Last 16

It was another snag in the return for the world number 13 Djokovic who admitted he lacked composure while playing in just his second event of 2018 and first since having surgery.

Japan's Daniel won the first set on a tie-break before Djokovic, making his return from an elbow injury, took the second.

"When you go from night to day [in consecutive days, you're usually] playing a different opponent", said Federer, who couldn't remember the last time he had played a match that was interrupted overnight.

"Very weird. I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything".

"But yeah, it was just - I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly".

"I just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks".

After handing back an early break to allow Krajinovic to draw level at two-all, Federer moved into cruise control.

Rain - a rarity in the desert - delayed the start of the match, with Federer cautious but restless to get play underway in front of a capacity crowd.

World No. 1 Roger Federer stepped up his bid for a sixth Indian Wells Masters title with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Filip Krajinovic Monday.

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Federer returned to stadium court on Sunday afternoon and needed an hour to finish off his second round victory 6-3, 7-6 (8/6). In juniors we play three matches a day, and then eventually you play one a day.

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

"You can't really look ahead to semi-finals, finals and speculate about who you could play", he told reporters. The surface doesn't react so much; the ball doesn't travel so fast.

Mar 11, 2018; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Taro Daniel (JPN) during his second round match against Novak Djokovic (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

"And even though you don't have pain, you're still thinking about it, because it's been something that I have been feeling and dragging for over two years".

Grigor Dimitrov will not be in round three after the third seed fell to Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 6-3.

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