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

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

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

American Amanda Anisimova took down two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-4 in a match lasting just over an hour to become the first 16-year-old to move into the fourth round at Indian Wells since Viktoriya Kutuzova in 2005.

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.

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.

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.

Federer's easy dispatch of Krajinovic came amid a Monday that featured some intriguing story lines in the women's bracket, not even counting the evening duel between Venus and Serena Williams.

On his highly-anticipated return to the tour after right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a shadow of his former self.

Another love game kicked off the second set and Federer was 3-0 up before Krajinovic managed to momentarily stem the tide.

Daniel, ranked 109 in the world, claimed the biggest win of his career as the qualifier prevailed 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-1.

Federer stressed it was always going to be hard for the six-time Australian victor to impress on his return from injury, which is why the 36-year-old was not surprised following Djokovic's struggle in Indian Wells.

"Just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks". "Very weird", he said of the loss to Daniel. "He's only going to get better from here".

"You're still battling inside of your mind", he added, referencing his recent elbow surgery. "Nerves were there. I made so many unforced errors".

The world No 1 extended his unbeaten record this season to 14 matches.

Federer, who defeated Federico Delbonis in the second round, will next face Jeremy Chardy after the world No 100 overcame countryman Adrian Mannarino, world No 23, 7-5 4-6 6-1.

In other men's matches, David Ferrer of Spain defeated Tennys Sandgren of the United States 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).

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