It feels like my first match on tour, says Djokovic

Aaron Brown
March 15, 2018

Federer is making his 17th appearance in the California desert and is assured of remaining world number one if he makes it to the semi-finals.

The 30-year-old fell to 3-2 win-loss in 2018, having lost in the Australian Open fourth round in his only other competition this year.

The 36-year old served up six aces and gave up just three points on serve in the whole match.

Novak Djokovic described his shock defeat to Taro Daniel as "like the first match I ever played on the Tour" as his return ended early at the Indian Wells Masters. "I just completely lost rhythm, everything, struggled a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks".

He has carried that form into 2018 and is now unbeaten this year, having made it 20 men's singles major titles following his Australian Open triumph in January.

Djokovic bounced back in the second, but Daniel took advantage of his opponent's poor form to win the third.

Ebden committed five double faults and won just 39 percent of his second serve points on Friday.

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Federer said on Thursday that he won't be taking anyone for granted in this draw.

Djoker would grab a key break in the seventh game of the second set, and that single break would be enough, as the two went to a decider.

"I feel like when you do come back from injury or when you haven't played in a long time, it just takes extra effort". Yeah, just - he's only going to get better from here.

Former No 1 and tenth-seed Angelique Kerber rallied past Ekaterina Makarova 3-6 6-4 6-2 and Petra Martic upset last year's French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3.

With rivals Rafa Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray electing not to enter the tournament, the path appears clear for the Swiss to win a record sixth Indian Wells title.

In other third-round matches, No. 7 Caroline Garcia of France beat 26th-seeded Daria Gavrilova of Australia 7-5, 6-4; No. 10 Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated No. 24 Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-2; and American Danielle Collins continued her run with a 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow wild card Sofya Zhuk of Russian Federation. Federer will play France's Adrian Mannarino in the last 16 after he defeated compatriot Jeremy Chardy 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

Federer had led 6-3 2-2 against Argentinian Delbonis when the match was delayed by a heavy drizzle 56 minutes after it began on Sunday (NZT).

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