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Roger Federer match suspended, Verdasco stuns Dimitrov — Indian Wells

Tennis BNP Paribas Open Day 7 Roger Federer match suspended, Verdasco stuns Dimitrov — Indian Wells
Alejandro Castrejon | Marcha 13, 2018, 10:14

Both Djokovic and Edmund were making their first appearances since the Australian Open.

World number one Roger Federer barely raised a sweat en route to the last 16 at Indian Wells, while Dominic Thiem succumbed to injury.

On Sunday, the former world No. 1 could not even get past his opening match in Indian Wells, despite another extended break from the game he once dominated and after what he termed "a small medical intervention" on his troublesome right elbow.

The match was tied 2-2 in the second set when it was halted Saturday. His backhand, traditionally his most consistent and game-breaking weapon, bled errors-32 in all.

Djokovic revealed his underwhelming performance on Sunday was more of a mental issue than anything else.

Standing in the way of the seventh seed and a quarter-final berth is Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

The 34-old, who has seven career titles, pounded down 12 aces, including six in the deciding set.

Djokovic rebounded to level the match, but the taxing second set left the No. 10 seed looking worse for wear.

"But. I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly".

"I just completely lost rhythm, everything", said Djokovic. But at the same time, just didn't feel good at all.

The only thing rarer than a raindrop in the Southern California desert might be a Roger Federer early-round loss, and thankfully for fans, the weekend brought only one of those anomalies. Federer has carried his form from last year and is currently unbeaten, while Nadal has struggled with injuries and is yet to complete a tournament in 2018.

Daniel will meet Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, who had been scheduled to play Japan's Kei Nishikori in the second round before the Japanese withdrew.

It goes without saying Federer's perseverance has been as key to his success as any ace or winner. It was actually quite interesting.

Delbonis actually had a set point during the tiebreaker in the second set, but Federer thwarted off the threat and went on to win. "And even though you don't have pain, you are still thinking about it, because it has been something that I have been feeling and dragging for over two years", Djokovic said.