Novak Djokovic loses on his comeback at Indian Wells

Federer who is the defending champion and trying to win a record sixth title in the California desert was on the centre stadium for the third day in a row

In the next round he faces Jeremy Chardy, who beat fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. "I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything".

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

"I played the best set of the whole match, and that was really good".

The 12-time major victor led 5-2 in the opener, but Daniel fought back well to clinch the first set on a tie-break, and although Djokovic pulled level, 61 unforced errors from the five-time champion saw Daniel clinch victory after two-and-a-half hours. Just struggled also a little bit with (my) health the last couple of weeks.

Djokovic had four aces but overall he served poorly making four double faults and winning just 65 percent of his first-serve points.

Roger Federer's opening match versus 67th-ranked Argentine Federico Delbonis was suspended for the day, causing much frustration to the fans who turned up to see the world No. 1 in California on Saturday.

"The plan wasn't to hit drop shots", Federer said.

Federer returned to stadium court on Sunday afternoon and needed an hour to finish off his second round victory 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

Krajinovic dug deep early, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to level things up but it was one-way traffic from that point as Federer hurried to a one-set lead in the next four games - winning three of them to love. Djokovic even admitted that he lacked rhythm in the game.

Federer continued: "I wasn't playing that good in my first [opening] round. 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.

"In Rotterdam I played five matches in a row", he said.

"When you do come back from injury or when you haven't played in a long time, it just takes extra effort".

"Especially in a short spell, you get a lot of looks and you're very inspired".

Britain's Kyle Edmund, who had been out of action with a hip injury since making the semi-finals at the Australian Open lost out to Israel's Dudi Sela.



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