Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

'Explosive' Federer eases into Indian Wells last 16

'Explosive' Federer eases into Indian Wells last 16

Federer, who regained the world number one ranking last month, is on a quest to make history in the California desert by winning an unprecedented sixth Indian Wells title.

Federer, who had looked slightly off his game in his rain-disrupted third round match against Federico Delbonis, was his dominant self Monday, winning 89 percent of his first service points while cracking six aces to just one double fault.

Federer started quickly hammering a backhand victor to take the lone break of the first set and he would deny a pair of break chances when serving for the opener at 5-3.

Roger Federer can do things with a tennis racket that nobody else can.

He will face 25th-seed Filip Krajinovic in the third round.

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

Novak Djokovic's return ended with more questions than answers at Indian Wells Sunday.

"I didn't come here to lose in the first round two and two", he said. "Very weird", Djokovic said.

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

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. He returned for the Australian Open with a revamped, abbreviated service motion created to relieve pressure on the elbow and showed flashes of fine form before eventually losing in straight sets to Hyeon Chung in the fourth round.

Daniel, who had never beaten a Top 20 player before, was ecstatic with his big win.

Krajinovic reacted well to Federer's first blow, breaking back immediately after going 2-0 down at the beginning of the match. "And even though you don't have pain, you are still thinking about it because it's something I've been feeling and dragging for over two years".

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. Daniel went up 4-1 in the tiebreak before Djokovic got the minibreak back.

Israeli Dudi Sela beat British 21st-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund 6-4 6-4 while Luxemburg's 24th seed Giles Muller was upset by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 7-5.

Marin Cilic is also through after a straight sets win over Marton Fucsovics 7-5 6-3 and Milos Raonic beat fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 6-4.

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