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Djokovic out as Federer cruises

Djokovic out as Federer cruises

Novak Djokovic's first match back after elbow surgery ended in disappointment as the former world number one was beaten by Taro Daniel in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters on Sunday.

The Serb underwent a "small medical intervention" on his troublesome right elbow last month and made his recovery ahead of schedule.

"I was not even supposed to be here because of the surgery that was only five, six weeks ago", said Djokovic. I just completely lost rhythm, everything.

"I just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks".

"But. I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly". "I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better".

While Djokovic was exiting the event, top-seeded Roger Federer finally completed his entrance.




His opening match on Saturday night against Federico Delbonis carried over into Sunday afternoon after heavy rains forced a postponement of several night matches.

In other men's matches, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1 and set up a third-round showdown with Spaniard David Ferrer, who defeated Tennys Sandgren of the USA 6-2 7-6 (7/3).

"I was feeling like he was not loving my slice and I was also mixing in dropshots", said Federer who extended his ideal record this season to 14-0. Whereas, here now you play the same guy the next day, so you can really compare, you know, how different conditions are. The surface doesn't react so much; the ball doesn't travel so fast. "Today, obviously he was missing a lot of balls but, I mean, even then you still have to beat him".

Seeded losers included Italian No. 16 Fabio Fognini, 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 against Jeremy Chardy of France, and Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, hammered 6-0 6-3 by young Croat Borna Coric.

The Indian Bhambri will meet 18th-seeded Sam Querrey in the third round after the big-serving American accounted for Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-4 7-5.

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