Federer cruises at Indian Wells, Thiem retires hurt

Indian Wells- Monday Schedule Roger Federer faces Filip Krajinovic

Indian Wells- Monday Schedule Roger Federer faces Filip Krajinovic

"I think really I was able to mix up my game nicely, make it hard for him there".

"At the same time, have fun with my game, play a variation, but for the most part try to stay on the offensive".

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

Roger Federer didn't rule out the clay season, at least not yet, he said yesterday at Indian Wells. "I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better".

Former No. 1 and tenth-seed Angelique Kerber rallied past Ekaterina Makarova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Petra Martic upset last year's French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3.

Federer, who is the defending champion and trying to win a record sixth title in the California desert, was on the centre stadium for the third day in a row.

Krajinovic dug deep early, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to level things up but it was one-way traffic from that point as Federer hurried to a one-set lead in the next four games - winning three of them to love.


"You've got to be ready for it".

"It felt like first match I ever played on the tour", Djokovic said.

The clouds rolled in just before the start of the match and after a short delay to start the first set they managed to play until the heavy rains came in the second.

"At the Masters 1000s, when the format was different, it was the best-of-five-set finals in the finals. I think it was a good match". He lost to Chung Hyeon in the Australian Open fourth round in January before undergoing the surgery.

After both players spurned opportunities at the start of the decider, it was Daniel who made the first move by establishing a 4-1 advantage as Djokovic appeared to wilt in the Californian heat.

In other men's matches, fifth seeded Dominic Thiem became the latest top seed to fall as he was forced to retire from his match with Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in the third set with a right ankle sprain.

Federer returned on Sunday afternoon and needed an hour to close out his second-round victory 6-3 7-6 (8/6).

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