Federer wins, Djokovic out at Indian Wells

American-born Japanese player who knocked off Novak Djokovich on Sunday. Credit Mike Nelson  European Presspho

Federer has to at least reach the semi-finals this week to make sure he retains his world No 1 ranking and, despite losing his serve early in the first set, he outmanoeuvred the Serbian in a 6-2 6-1 victory, which lasted 58 minutes.

It was another snag in the return for world No. 13 Djokovic, who admitted he lacked composure while playing in just his second event of 2018 and first since having surgery.

Elsewhere, world number one Roger Federer booked his place in the third round with a 6-3 7-6 (8-6) victory over Argentina's Federico Delbonis.

"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.

The defending champion will face Serbia's Filip Krajinovic in the round of 32. He is making a cautious return after an right elbow injury in 2017.

"Back in the day, I used to play six matches in a row".

Djokovic took six months off after Wimbledon past year and returned in January's Australian Open where he lost in the fourth round.

Federer takes care of business, Djokovic crashes out
Federer wins, Djokovic out at Indian Wells

It should be noted that Federer is bidding to snap his own mark as the oldest player to ever win the tournament, after setting the record a year ago. "Very weird", Djokovic said.

He had four aces but served poorly overall, making four double faults.

Djokovic, who returned to the tournament following his elbow operation was yet to come to his best shape.

"It feels insane. I mean, I'm still in shock", Anisimova said. "When you go away from the game for over a two-month period, it starts feeling a little bit that way", the Express quoted Federer as saying.

"It is still early stages for Novak coming back and the first one after surgery".

Also, American Taylor Fritz defeated Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1), Croatia's Borna Coric breezed past Roberto Bautista 6-1, 6-3 and Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain, stopped Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 7-5.

Spanish veterans David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez recorded routine straight-sets wins over Tennys Sandgren and Ernesto Escobedo respectively while Philipp Kohlschreiber outlasted Tim Smyczek.

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