Federer downs Delbonis to kick off Indian Wells Masters title defence

Don't sleep Novak Djokovic could win it all at Indian Wells Masters

The 10th-seeded Djokovic acknowledged his poor performance against the world's 109th-ranked player.

Federer barely raised a sweat as he advanced on Monday, the evergreen 36-year-old blitzing Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-1.

"She's the best player I have ever played, and it was the biggest court I have ever played on. Very weird", Djokovic said.

Roger Federer was pushed by left-handed Argentine Federico Delbonis but won their second-round match at the season's first ATP Masters 1000 event.

Photo Novak Djokovic after losing to Daniel on Sunday, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.

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However, after levelling up at 2-2, Federer hurried to a one-set lead in the next four games, winning three of them to love.

In other matches, fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem had to retire with an ankle injury while trailing Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 4-6, 2-4.

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"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", he said.

Federer, who regained the world number one ranking last month, is on a quest to make history in the California desert by winning an unprecedented sixth Indian Wells title.

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The defending champion will now face Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the next round. "I was actually pretty nervous playing the match", said the 25-year-old Daniel.

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.

"It is still early stages for Novak coming back and the first one after surgery".

Japan's Kei Nishikori withdrew through illness before playing his opening match of the tournament. "Unfortunately today I am still not strong enough", he wrote. "I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better". Federer displayed a new brand of aggressive tennis and went on to dominate the tour claiming seven titles which included two Grand Slams. "I really look forward to being back next year".

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