Indian Wells: Roger Federer leads Delbonis but rain spoiled the party

Rain and a tough opponent could not prevent Roger Federer from progressing at Indian Wells

While Federer completed a rain affected win over Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (8-6) in his opener, Del Potro began his tournament by thumping promising Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1. "Very weird. I completely lost rhythm", said the Serb.

He is making a cautious return to the ATP Tour after stopping his 2017 season following Wimbledon, due to a right elbow injury.

Djokovic shut down his season after Wimbledon in 2017 and despite not being at his best, made a decision to play at this year's Australian Open where he was ousted by South Korea's Hyeon Chung in the fourth round.

Daniel was victorious after two hours and 30 minutes and benefitted from 61 unforced errors from Djokovic, who has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles. Just struggled also a little bit with (my) health the last couple of weeks.

Federer returned on Sunday afternoon and needed an hour to close out his second-round victory 6-3 7-6 (8/6).

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"I was feeling like he was not loving my slice and I was also mixing in dropshots", said Federer who extended his ideal record this season to 14-0.

Krajinovic dug deep early, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to level things up but it was one-way traffic from that point as Federer hurried to a one-set lead in the next four games - winning three of them to love.

Federer is making his 17th appearance in the California desert and is assured of remaining world No. 1 if he makes it to the semifinals.

Federer will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last 16. Djokovic even admitted that he lacked rhythm in the game.

So when you play that way and you feel that way, you can't right away think, "Oh, who would I be playing in the semis or in the finals"?

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"It feels insane. I mean, I'm still in shock", Anisimova said. "You don't have pain, but you're still thinking about it".

"Especially in a short spell, you get a lot of looks and you're very inspired".

"When you do come back from injury or when you haven't played in a long time, it just takes extra effort".

If anyone knows what it is like to deal with injuries, it's Juan Martin del Potro - the career of the 2009 US Open victor has been ravaged by wrist injuries.

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