Federer backs Djokovic to improve after poor comeback

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Behind a bevy of blistering backhands, Daniel claimed the biggest victory of his career, denying five-time champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1 in front of a packed Stadium 1 in Indian Wells. Appearing in his second tournament in the last nine months, the Serbian lacked pace, was slow and without confidence during Sunday's encounter, reports Efe.

Indian Wells: Roger Federer completed a rain-delayed debut match at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over Federico Delbonis of Argentina. He then made a decision to stop and have an operation to heal his elbow injury.

Federer will face Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, a finalist at the Paris Masters in 2017, in the third round. Find us on Facebook too!

As his form began to dip at the end of 2016, Djokovic admitted that he had been affected by off-court issues that he hasn't elaborated on.

"I just completely lost rhythm, everything, struggled a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks". He lost to Chung Hyeon in the Australian Open fourth round in January before undergoing the surgery. Because if I change and I start to put, like, kind of like first, second serves in to try to play with first serve, but then also doesn't hurting him so much, maybe, you know, he was returning so much, like, on top of the line, if he connect two or three good returns, it was going to be tough.

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Storm 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 heavy rains came in the second.

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. The 36-year-old Spaniard is making his 16th consecutive appearance in Indian Wells, with his best result coming in 2015 (QF).

Speaking to the media after the match, Djokovic said, "It felt like my first match on tour".

World No.3 Marin Cilic of Croatia on Sunday defeated Hungary's Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-3 to set up a third-round clash with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Tim Smyczek of the United States 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

When play finally started, Federer set out to avenge his defeat to Delbonis in 2013 - the pair's only other ATP meeting.

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