Federer explains why Novak Djokovic's exit at Indian Wells is 'not surprising'

Lynette Rowe
March 14, 2018

It's the 25-year-old's biggest career win.

"To me, his loss is not that surprising", Federer said. 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".

"For me it felt like first match I ever played on the tour", Djokovic said to media. I am on a good run right now and I want to maintain that. "I will be focused for the next one", Monfils said.

"When you go from night to day [you are usually] playing a different opponent - so, naturally, it's all a change", said Federer.

Federer wrapped up a 6-3, 7-6 (6) triumph over Delbonis with a flourish soaring for an artistic high-backhand volley to charge into the BNP Paribas Open third round.

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Federer, who will now face Jeremy Chardy in the fourth round, is aiming to win his sixth Indian Wells Masters title. He defeats Federico Delbonis in straight sets after a rain delay and tough tiebreak. But it was nice to see him playing again. Djokovic missed the last five months of the previous campaign to recover from his injury, but was unable to get back to his best despite months of rehabilitation. In Melbourne alone, he needed to go the five-set distance three times, including the final against Rafael Nadal.

"You know, maybe I was lucky that when I did come back I had the Hopman Cup where I played the three singles, three doubles". I think that's probably also what he's also feeling. The other victory came in Rotterdam.

He will next take on American world No. 21 Sam Querry, who ousted Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-5.

But at a time when top players are continuing to excel deep into their thirties - Roger Federer is back at No. 1 at age 36 - it is easy to overlook the re-emergence of the prodigies. Cuevas was leading 3-6, 6-4, 4-2 when Thiem packed it in.

Pablo Carreno Busta, the 11th seed, eventually overcame Daniil Medvedev on his fifth match point to secure a 6-1 7-5 win while world No 49 Borna Coric impressed with a 6-1 6-3 victory over 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

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.

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