Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Japan's Taro Daniel eliminates Djokovic at Indian Wells

Japan's Taro Daniel eliminates Djokovic at Indian Wells

"So talking about faster, I just think there is more bounce to it, especially if you play someone who has a lot of spin like he has and kicks the ball around a lot".

"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", Federer said.

Djokovic was makings his first appearance since being stunned by Hyeon Chung at the Australian Open.

Djokovic said he felt like it was his "first match" on tour and was unable to explain his opening set stumble or his capitulation in the decider.

Five-time champion in Indian Wells - in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and finalist in 2007, Djokovic reappeared at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year but lost in the second round.

Still looking to adjust to the high-bouncing conditions in the desert, Federer will look to improve on his 40 unforced errors when he faces 25th-seed Filip Krajinovic in the third round.

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Djokovic had further surgery on a persistent elbow injury in February.

Djokovic had four aces but overall he served poorly making four double faults and winning just 65 per cent of his first-serve points.

Federer said he understands well how even a champion like Djokovic could be struggling to find his game so soon after having surgery. "When you go away from the game for over a two-month period, it starts feeling a little bit that way", the Express quoted Federer as saying. "He's only going to get better from here".

Thiem has already won a tour-leading 17 matches this season, but he had to work hard to beat 19-year-old Tsitsipas, who reached the quarter-finals in Dubai last week and is ranked 71st in the world. Krajinovic, who reached the final at the Rolex Paris Masters a year ago, defeated American qualifier Mitchell Krueger 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday.

World No.3 Marin Cilic of Croatia on Sunday defeated Hungary's Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-3 to set up a third-round clash with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Tim Smyczek of the United States 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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