Japan qualifier Daniel shocks out-of-sorts Djokovic

Japan qualifier Daniel shocks out-of-sorts Djokovic

World number one Roger Federer stepped up his bid for a sixth Indian Wells Masters title with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Filip Krajinovic.

In his first tournament since his return to number one in the ATP Rankings, the defending champion faced 25th seed Krajinovic for the first time.

"Very weird - I just completely lost rhythm", Djokovic said. The 36-year-old marvel continues to defy the ageing process as he needed just 58 minutes to overpower the Serb with a brilliant display of Swiss timing.

Roger Federer didn't rule out the clay season, at least not yet, he said yesterday at Indian Wells. He extended his 2018 win streak to 13 matches and has only dropped three sets from 34 played in 2018. As in Federer's previous match, it is unlikely to be a complete walkover, but it is also unlikely that Federer will be pushed too hard.

Speaking to the media after the match, Djokovic said, "It felt like my first match on tour".

"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".

Federer, as top seed, received a bye into the second round, beginning his Indian Wells campaign against Federico Delbonis.

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"I made so many unforced errors that it was just one of those days where you're not able to find the rhythm from the baseline, especially from the backhand side".

"I stopped doing it eventually but it was good for a spell".

Other seeded players who lost were ninth-seeded Lucas Pouille, who fell 6-4, 6-4 to Yuki Bhambri; 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, 7-5, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis; 21st-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 6-4 to Dudi Sela; and No. 24 seed Giles Muller, 6-3, 7-5 to Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

"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".

Last year's US Open runner-up Anderson sent down 22 aces, while Kicker only managed one in the third-round battle.

Djokovic will now be hoping for a better showing at the next ATP Masters event he is scheduled to play in a few days time, the Miami Open. "In Rotterdam I played five matches in a row", he said.

"It's great to be back here as world no.1".