Novak Djokovic ousted in Indian Wells

Djokovic crashes out on Tour return

Djokovic crashes out on Tour return

"I never sit down with Rafa and say "let's put it on the line and talk about who is the best of all time", Federer said.

Also, he made nearly 40 unforced errors but it all came out nicely for him in the end, claiming his 58th win at Indian Wells and setting the third round meeting with the 25th seed Filip Krajinovic on Monday.

In a rain-hampered match, Federer won the first set on the weekend, before the wet weather forced play to be delayed overnight.

Federer took the world No 1 spot off Nadal by winning the Rotterdam Open last month.

Third seed Grigor Dimitrov and Novak Djokovic have also suffered shock early exits.

Taro Daniel, a 190th-ranked qualifier, upset five-time Indian Wells champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.

It was another snag in the return for the world number 13 Djokovic who admitted he lacked composure while playing in just his second event of 2018 and first since having surgery. "I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything".

The Serb is making a cautious return to the ATP Tour after stopping his 2017 season following Wimbledon, due to a right elbow injury.

Djokovic was makings his first appearance since being stunned by Hyeon Chung at the Australian Open.

Federer said he understands well how even a champion like Djokovic could be struggling to find his game so soon after having surgery. "He's only going to get better from here".

However, 25-year-old Daniel dominated the third and final set to take it 6-1. With Delbonis claiming victory in the only other match the pair have played - a 7-6 (7) 7-6 (4) win in Hamburg in 2013 - there was cause for concern.

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