Dimitrov ousted by Verdasco in opening match at Indian Wells

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While Federer eventually made easy work of Delbonis, the match had the potential to be far trickier for Fed than it appeared on paper.

The Swiss star had won the first set when rain halted the second-round clash a day earlier and, while he did not have it all his own way when play resumed, he was still largely comfortable in advancing. I'm just so used to the courts here. He denied a set point while serving down 2-5 in the opener and immediately broke the former World No. 1 in the next game, firing a backhand victor down the line and a forehand pass off a poor smash.

"Just struggled also a bit with the health the last couple of weeks". "I'd like to congratulate my opponent for fighting and showing great, great spirit on the court", said Djokovic. I'll try to do everything I can to return the serve and hang in there. "It's maybe just unusual to hear that from such a champion, you know, that he also feels that way".

We really couldn't put it any better ourselves. I start serving, like, I think most first serves and actually, like, like harder, like faster. I was able to stay pretty tough, so I'm pretty proud of that.

Verdasco served 12 aces to Dimitrov's two, though Verdasco also recorded more double faults, 7-3. "Very weird. I completely lost rhythm", said the Serb. Now I'm 34 and I have to fight against players 21, 22, 23 that are much younger. So I just went for it and it went well. I was too close to the top.

In other action, Sam Querrey (18) went through after beating Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-5, while Lucas Pouille of France (9) lost out to Yuki Bhambri of India 6-4, 6-4.

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Roger Federer wins yet again this week.

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.

The Swiss legend has begun the 2018 season in fine fashion with a ideal 13-0 record.

Federer started quickly hammering a backhand victor to take the lone break of the first set and he would deny a pair of break chances when serving for the opener at 5-3.

On the women's side, top-ranked Simona Halep came back to top 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in just over two hours.

No. 30 Pablo Cuevas beat up-and-coming Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (4), 6-3.

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