Federer wins, Djokovic out at Indian Wells

Federer wins, Djokovic out at Indian Wells

Krajinovic reacted well to Federer's first blow, breaking back immediately after going 2-0 down at the beginning of the match. "I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything". He is looking to win at Indian Wells for a record sixth time, after setting a record a year ago as the oldest player ever to win the event.

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

"I think I came out playing a little more aggressive than the other two sets and that made him keep making more mistakes".

Kasatkina has beaten all four of the current Grand Slam champions in the previous year: French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko, Australian Open victor Caroline Wozniacki, Wimbledon victor Garbine Muguruza and now Stephens. It was the fifth time in the last decade that a player ranked outside the top-100 has defeated Djokovic. He had surgery in Switzerland shortly after that.

"To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said after his second round win over Federico Delbonis.

But Verdasco struck when it mattered, taking a 5-3 lead in the deciding set after breaking the Bulgarian and securing the match on the second match-point. Yuki Bhambri of India pulled off a surprise when he toppled ninth-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4. "I felt I was too close to winning".

On the men's side, Borna Coric of Croatia upset No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-1, 6-3; Jeremy Chardy beat No. 20 Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in an all-French matchup; and No. 11 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation 6-1, 7-5.

The match was suspended due to rain at 2230 local time poised with the second set tied at 2-2, and no further play was possible.

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