Taro Daniel took advantage of Novak Djokovic not being at his best

Taro Daniel took advantage of Novak Djokovic not being at his best

Krajinovic had no answer for Federer's serve or relentless return game and ended up winning just 31 of the match's 93 points.

Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung, meanwhile, trumped Tomas Berdych.

Meanwhile, Federer progressed to Round of 32 of the ongoing ATP Masters event in California.

Top seed Simona Halep survived a scare before beating the 165th ranked Caroline Dolehide 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Daniel, speaking on the biggest win of his career, said, "It's kind of hard to describe.I can't believe I beat someone like that on the center court like this; it's insane". While he targeted a comeback at the Madrid Masters in May, his quick recovery encouraged him to play at Indian Wells.

109 kept his focus to hand a 7-6 (3) 4-6 6-1 loss to the Serb.

And consider Federer won the Australian Open previous year after taken six months off the tour!


But the decision backfired as he peppered the court with 61 unforced errors and totally faded away in the third set in the second round clash that lasted 2 hours 30 minutes.

"I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice", said Federer, who owns the No. 1 ranking. 'I just completely lost rhythm, everything, struggled a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks.

Borna Coric of Croatia upset 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-3 and Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 7-5. "I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better".

Federer wasted no time in the second set, sailing in the fourth round where he will face Jeremy Chardy.

Yuki Bhambri of India pulled off a surprise when he toppled ninth-seeded French ninth seed Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4.

However, Daniel bounced back as he won the third set comfortably to clinch the match.

"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", Federer said.

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