Federer opens Indian Wells title defense with 2-day win

Federico Delbonis Roger Federer

Federer charged into a 4-1 lead, then went ahead 5-2, stuttering before clinching the match with a stretching trademark volley that Delbonis returned into the net.

Meanwhile, World No. 1 Roger Federer qualified for the Round of 32 with a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Argentina's Federico Delbonis.

Five-time champion Djokovic suffered a shock second-round loss to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel, who sent the out-of-sorts Serb tumbling with a hard-fought win at the BNP Paribas Open.

The Indian Bhambri will meet 18th-seeded Sam Querrey in the third round after the big-serving American accounted for Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-4 7-5.

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

"It feels insane. I mean, I'm still in shock", Anisimova said.

"Very weird, I just completely lost rhythm. And even though you don't have pain, you are still thinking about it, because it has been something that I have been feeling and dragging for over two years", Djokovic said.

"He just seems to be getting better and better, he's improving year on year and as we said earlier, he's won nine titles since coming back from that injury problem with the knee". Last month, Djokovic underwent another surgery on the same elbow, with hopes of returning to his best closer to the European claycourt and grasscourt seasons.

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"But it's not easy to deal with this kind of frustrations after injuries or when you always be the favorite to win a tournament, you come here and you lose in first round".

"Unfortunately I have to pull out", Nishikori said.

In other men's matches, Juan Martin del Potro steamed his way into the third round as the sixth seed needed just 69 minutes to beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-1.

"But he's strong enough to deal with that, and I love him and I want to see him in the top positions very soon".

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South African seventh seed Kevin Anderson also prevailed in his second round match, 7-5 6-4 over Russian Evgeny Donskoy.

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