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

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

In late action, Croat second seed Marin Cilic beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-3, while Canadian Milos Raonic defeated 17-year-old compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-4. He surpassed Argentine Federico Delbonis after rain forced the Swiss tennis star a victory to wait until next morning on Sunday to clinch his first win of the tournament.

"I can't believe I beat someone like (Djokovic) on center court like this, it's pretty insane", Daniel said.

The Spaniard once ranked No. 7 in the world is now ranked No. 39 said: "Well, I think that the match kind of, like, went up-and-downs a little bit, at least the two first sets with a break that he made me at the beginning".

Daniel, who reached the second round with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Britain's Cameron Norrie, had never beaten a top-20 opponent before Djokovic, and needed to win a pair of qualifiers to enter the main draw of the tournament.

Israeli Dudi Sela beat British 21st seed Edmund 6-4, 6-4, while Luxemburg's 24th seed Giles Muller was upset by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 7-5.

It was another snag in the return for the 30-year-old Djokovic who admitted he was out of sorts while playing in just his second event of 2018. I'm just so used to the courts here. "Just one of those days when you're not able to find the rhythm from the baseline, especially the backhand side".

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"So, you know, I think that was the key at the end, that at the end of third set I served better than him".

"It felt like the first match I have ever played on the tour, very weird", he told reporters.

Roger Federer's first match at Indian Wells was expected to last maybe 2 hours.

Djokovic, meanwhile, is scheduled to compete in the Miami Open in just over a week.

When play finally started, Federer set out to avenge his defeat to Delbonis in 2013 - the pair's only other ATP meeting. Rain has caused delays since, most recently in 2016, but those delays were relatively short and matches resumed the same day.

The nightcap match on Stadium Court was also postponed for the night. Earlier in the day, Feliciano Lopez dismissed wild card Ernesto Escobedo 6-4, 6-3 and awaits either eighth seed Jack Sock or Italy's Thomas Fabbiano.

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