Roger Federer crushes Filip Krajinovic in Indian Wells last 32

Chelsea West
March 14, 2018

Federer breezed past Serbia's Filip Krajinovic, 6-2, 6-2 on a bright, sunny Monday, cruising into the round of 16.

It was another snag in the return for world No. 13 Djokovic, who admitted he lacked composure while playing in just his second event of 2018 and first since having surgery.

He was unable to get past his opening match in Indian Wells on Sunday even after another extended break from the game he once dominated and after what he termed "a small medical intervention" on his troublesome right elbow.

After handing back an early break to allow Krajinovic to draw level at two-all, Federer moved into cruise control.

Federer, who led by a set when play was halted due to rain at 2-2 on Saturday night, staved off a set point in a tiebreak to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

"I just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks. Very weird", he said of the loss to Daniel.

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

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"I was feeling like he was not loving my slice and I was also mixing in drop shots", said Federer who extended his flawless record this season to 14-0. She played here as a wild card past year as well and was eliminated early by Monica Puig, but financial support from Oracle - whose boss, Larry Ellison, also owns this tournament - has given her career a boost. "He's only going to get better from here". "Nerves were there. I made so many unforced errors".

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.

Federer, who took over from Rafael Nadal as the top ranked ATP men's singles player in February, needs to make, at least, the semi-finals in order to remain at the summit.

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.

"So I'm on a good run right now, and I try to maintain that, and you only maintain that if you respect every opponent".

In other men's matches, David Ferrer of Spain defeated Tennys Sandgren of the USA 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).

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