Roger Federer wins rain-delayed match

Roger Federer

He defeated Delbonis in just an hour in the Sunday afternoon.

But at a time when top players are continuing to excel deep into their thirties - Roger Federer is back at No. 1 at age 36 - it is easy to overlook the re-emergence of the prodigies.

Rain barred Federer from completing the first match of his title defence at the season's opening ATP Masters 1000 tournament on Saturday.

The clouds rolled in just before the start of their match on Saturday and after a short delay to start the first set they managed to play until the skies blackened and the heavy rains came in the second.

After the world number one stormed to the first set over the weekend, rain interrupted play, forcing a delay overnight.

Israeli Dudi Sela beat British 21st-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund 6-4 6-4 while Luxemburg's 24th seed Giles Muller was upset by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 7-5.

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

Just 16 and still subject to playing restrictions, she had not won a match on the WTA Tour before arriving in Indian Wells.

The Swiss veteran saved a set-point before holding his nerve to take the match.

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.

Daniel, who reached the second round with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Britain's Cameron Norrie, had never beaten a top-20 opponent before Djokovic, and needed to win a pair of qualifiers to enter the main draw of the tournament. It was another snag in the return for the 30-year-old Djokovic who admitted he was out of sorts while playing in just his second event of 2018.

Federer said he understands well how even a champion like Djokovic could be struggling to find his game so soon after having surgery. "Very weird. I completely lost rhythm", said the Serb.

After retiring during his quarterfinal match at Wimbledon last July, Djokovic did not play again for the rest of 2017 in an attempt to heal his right elbow problem without surgery.

Djokovic took six months off after Wimbledon previous year and returned at January's Australian Open, where he lost in the fourth round.

He added: "I won't play in Monaco, since I have the foundation trip [to Africa] at the same time, but after Miami I will decide if and when I'll play on clay". Daniel went toe-to-toe with Djokovic as the match wore on, matching the Serbian's aggression. Honestly making - I think, if I'm not wrong, in two games two double faults on each one, and giving him the possibility to go 3-0 in the score with two breaks. I was able to stay pretty tough, so I'm pretty proud of that.

"It is still early stages for Novak coming back and the first one after surgery".



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