Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Federer backs Djokovic to improve after poor comeback

Djokovic suffers 'weird' loss at Indian Wells as he returns from surgery Federer backs Djokovic to improve after poor comeback
Kenny Thornton | 13 March, 2018, 01:13

Federer charged into a 4-1 lead, then went ahead 5-2, stuttering before clinching the match with a stretching trademark volley that Delbonis returned into the net.

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.

Novak Djokovic lost on his return to competitive tennis to Taro Daniel in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Sela also took the second set by the same score to seal a 6-4 6-4 victory in 91 minutes against world number 24 Edmund, who replaced the injured Andy Murray as British number one earlier this month.

The Serb was returning from the persistent elbow injury that kept him out of action for most of 2017.

On the other hand, Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco powered past third seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (4) 4-6 6-3. "But at the same time, I just didn't feel good at all", he added.

"I just completely lost rhythm, everything", said Djokovic.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos leaves game after crapping his trousers
Lucas Vazquez and Karim Benzema replaced Isco and Toni Kroos as Zidane looked to raise the tempo and find a second goal. Real were ragged early on as Takashi Inui, Kike Garcia and Joan Jordan all went close to giving Eibar the lead.

He extended his 2018 win streak to 13 matches and has only dropped three sets from 34 played this year.

But world number one Federer, who won his own contest with Federico Delbonis, had expected that Djokovic would find it tough getting back into the swing of things on the ATP Tour.

Former world number one Djokovic was playing his first match since the Australian Open due to an elbow problem that required surgery. "To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said.

"And even though you don't have pain, you're still thinking about it, because it's been something that I have been feeling and dragging for over two years". "He's only going to get better from here".

The defeat marked just the fifth time in the past decade when Djokovic lost to a player outside the ATP top 100.

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. Wolrd No 5 Alexander Zverev slumped to a shock 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 defeat to unheralded Joao Sousa in his opening match.

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