Federer explains why Novak Djokovic's exit at Indian Wells is 'not surprising'

Don't sleep Novak Djokovic could win it all at Indian Wells Masters

Don't sleep Novak Djokovic could win it all at Indian Wells Masters 9 Mar 2018  View 405 by Dzevad Mesic

After beating Argentine Federico Delbonis in the 2nd Round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Roger Federer attended the customary post match press conference.

The victory comes roughly four weeks after Federer's last match - a title win over Grigor Dimitrov in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

"I played the best set of the whole match and that was really good".

Federer staved off a set point in the second set tie-break to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (8-6) and he will face 25th-seed Filip Krajinovic in the third round on Monday.

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

The match was carried over from Saturday after rain force play to end early with Federer one set up and the scores locked at 2-2 in the second. "So naturally it's all a change".

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In the women's section at Indian Wells, Simona Halep took pride in rallying past 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide, while Petra Kvitova's remarkable win streak skidded to a halt against another U.S. teen. It was actually quite interesting. In a press conference last week before his first match, the 36-year-old addressed his short-term goals. You know, the nighttime is much more deader.

Federer, who bounced back from knee surgery to capture the 2017 Australian Open, said regaining rhythm takes time after an extended break. The surface doesn't react so much; the ball doesn't travel so fast.

Five-time victor Novak Djokovic is out of the BNP Paribas Open after suffering a three-set defeat to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in the second round.

While Federer was far from flawless, he did improve to an unblemished 13-0 on the year and took the next step in snaring his third title of the young season.

For the first time in six years, Federer has entered a tournament as the world's No. 1 player.

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