Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Verdasco upsets Dimitrov, Federer debut marred by rain

Federico Delbonis GETTYFederico Delbonis beat Roger Federer in their only previous meeting
Freda Brock | 12 March, 2018, 16:42

"But, you know, after an opponent like this, to come back from two breaks down, actually, for me it was nearly impossible".

Federer staved off a set point in the tiebreak to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (6).

INDIAN WELLS-Rain suspended Roger Federer's opening-round match in the second set last night.

Verdasco's first serve proved almost unplayable in the deciding set of the second round match as he improved his career head-to-head record against Dimitrov to 2-2. After another 90-minute delay organizers suspended play for the night.

The first Masters 1000 tournament of 2007 season at Indian Wells gathered world's leading players for the second time after the US Open and Roger Federer was the top favorite to win the fourth straight title in the desert. American Sloane Stephens, the 13th seed in the women's draw, was scheduled to play two-time BNP Paribas Open champion Victoria Azarenka following the Federer-Delbonis match in Stadium 1.

Novak Djokovic's return from a long-term elbow injury suffered another blow on Sunday as the former world number one lost to 109-ranked Taro Daniel at Indian Wells.

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

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Daniel was victorious after two hours and 30 minutes, and benefitted from 61 unforced errors from Djokovic, who has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles. "Very weird", Djokovic said.

Gael Monfils beat the 15th seed John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-5; Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat the 24th seed Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-5 and Dudi Sela prevailed over the 21st seed Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-4. "I'd like to congratulate my opponent for fighting and showing great, great spirit on the court", said Djokovic.

Argentina's del Potro, who is fresh off winning the Mexican Open title in Acapulco, hammered five aces and broke de Minaur's serve five times.

Federer won the Indian Wells championship for a fifth time previous year, adding to his crowns in the Southern California desert in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012. Daniel went toe-to-toe with Djokovic as the match wore on, matching the Serbian's aggression.

"We wondered post surgery what it was going to look like, how his elbow was going to react to the strain and stress, but it was his heart and head that didn't react the right way in this match". Djokovic even admitted that he lacked rhythm in the game. "I didn't serve too good today but overall I'm pleased".

"To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said. Honestly making - I think, if I'm not wrong, in two games two double faults on each one, and giving him the possibility to go 3-0 in the score with two breaks. I was - I felt close, but, you know, didn't been able to come back. 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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