Federer dispatches Krajinovic to advance at Indian Wells

Federer dispatches Krajinovic to advance at Indian Wells

Federer dispatches Krajinovic to advance at Indian Wells

"I didn't serve too good today but overall I'm pleased".

New York-born Daniel, who next faces Leonardo Meyer in the third round, said: "The Djokovic I know is like the Djokovic I have seen on TV, and he never misses a ball, he puts the ball wherever he wants". After another 90-minute delay organisers suspended play for the night.

But it was only a brief reprieve for Krajinovic, as the world number one romped into the next round in emphatic fashion.

He extended his 2018 win streak to 13 matches and has only dropped three sets from 34 played this year.

Frenchman Gael Monfils survived a match point before beating big-serving American John Isner 6-7 (5) 7-6 (3) 7-5 in a contest that had only one break.

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

Djokovic said it felt like the "first match I ever played on the tour".

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"I just completely lost rhythm, everything, struggled a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks".

He lost to Chung Hyeon in the Australian Open fourth round in January before undergoing the surgery.

Now, a year older at 36, he has to decide again, though with so many top rivals ailing, might he be tempted to make one more push for another French Open a second Career Slam? Djokovic even admitted that he lacked rhythm in the game.

"I was feeling like he was not loving my slice and I was also mixing in dropshots", said Federer, who extended his flawless record this season to 14-0. When you do come back from injury or when you haven't played in a long time, it just takes extra effort. The first break of serve came in game five after a forced error from Roger but he pulled it back in the very next game when he stole Canas's serve at love to level the score at 3-3. A year ago, he went on a tear, winning the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami - a stretch that saw him go 20-1.

South Korea's Hyeon Chung, who surpassed all expectations to reach the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, also advanced, taking almost three hours to overcome Dusan Lajovic 6-7 (11/9) 6-3 6-3. World number three Marin Cilic also won Sunday, defeating Marton Fucsovics in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.

The highest-seeded player to lose Monday was No. 4 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who was beaten 7-5, 6-3 by 27th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

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