Japan's Taro Daniel eliminates Djokovic at Indian Wells

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Federer blasted six aces, had one double fault and won 89 percent of his first serve points, losing just three points on his serve the entire match. When you do come back from injury or when you haven't played in a long time, it just takes extra effort.

But it was only a brief reprieve for Krajinovic, as the world number one romped into the next round in emphatic fashion.

Federer and Djokovic both came into the tournament seeking to become the first six-time victor of the event.

Federer's victory came after Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel stunned five-time champion Novak Djokovic, who was playing his first match since undergoing an elbow procedure.

It was another snag in the return for the Djokovic, 30, who admitted he was out of sorts while playing in just his second event of 2018.

Also through to the third round are Roger Federer, who beat Federico Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (8/6) in one hour and 43 minutes, while Juan Martin Del Potro took just under 70 minutes to beat Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1.

"I played solid from all the ways", said the 2009 US Open victor from Argentina.




"I'm still not strong enough to go play a match". Daniel went up 4-1 in the tiebreak before Djokovic got the minibreak back.

The Serb concedes that being sidelined for so long and struggling with a lengthy injury is new to him and he says he spoke to his countryman Viktor Troicki about how he dealt with his return to the game after getting suspended by the ITF for refusing to take a drugs test.

Yuki Bhambri of India pulled off a surprise when he toppled ninth-seeded French ninth seed Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4.

Federer will now face 25th seed Filip Krajinovic in the third round.

The 36-year-old Swiss marvel continues to defy the ageing process, claiming his 20th grand slam title and sixth Australian Open crown in January. It's what tennis players do. "I was too close to still beating the best", he said.

Other seeded players who lost were ninth-seeded Lucas Pouille, who fell 6-4 6-4 to Yuki Bhambri; 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, 7-5 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis; 21st-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4 6-4 to Dudi Sela; and No 24 seed Giles Muller, 6-3 7-5 to Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Portugal's Joao Sousa rallied to beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russian Federation, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

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