Djokovic, Zverev Upset At Indian Wells

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal

In action for the first time since the Australian Open as he continued to recover from an elbow injury, Djokovic - the 10th seed - went down to Daniel 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1.

Federer and Delbonis will return to centre court on Sunday, tournament organisers confirmed. Appearing in his second tournament in the last nine months, the Serbian lacked pace, was slow and without confidence during Sunday's encounter, reports Efe.

Federer, who already has two titles in 2018 after victories in Australia and Rotterdam, took the first set 6-3 against Argentina's Federico Delbonis in just under 40 minutes.

"(MENAFN - Colombo Gazette) wp-image-124404" src="https://i1.wp.com/colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/100370925_gettyimages-930607042.jpg?resize=293%2C165" alt=" width="293" height="165" data-recalc-dims="1" / Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat by world number 109 Taro Daniel of Japan as he was knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. He then chose to stop and have an operation to heal his elbow injury.

The two-hour-plus match delayed the start of the evening session on centre court, where top seed Federer finally made his first appearance in the event, up against 67th-ranked Argentine Federico Delbonis. Find us on Facebook too!

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

South Korea's Hyeon Chung, who surpassed all expectations to reach the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, also advanced, taking almost three hours to overcome Dusan Lajovic 6-7 (11/9) 6-3 6-3.

"For me it felt like first match I ever played on the tour. Very weird. I completely lost rhythm", said the Serb.

"To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said. "He's only going to get better from here".

Cilic, the second seed, disposed of Marton Fucsovics 7-5 6-3 and 2013 runner-up Del Potro outclassed Australian wildcard Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1.

The win sets up a third round showdown with Spaniard David Ferrer who defeated Tennys Sandgren of the United States 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).

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