Roger Federer backs Novak Djokovic to improve after poor comeback

Federer takes care of business, Djokovic crashes out

Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel sent five-time tournament champion Novak Djokovic tumbling out of the Indian Wells Masters with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-1 victory on Sunday.

Federer has to at least reach the semi-finals this week to make sure he retains his world No 1 ranking and, despite losing his serve early in the first set, he outmanoeuvred the Serbian in a 6-2 6-1 victory, which lasted 58 minutes.

20-times Grand Slam victor Federer is chasing a sixth title at the event, and will take some stop judging by the manner in which he swatted aside his 26-year-old opponent in only 58 minutes.

Both Djokovic and Edmund were making their first appearances since the Australian Open.

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".

'We wondered post surgery what it was going to look like, how his elbow was going to react to the strain and stress, but it was his heart and head that didn't react the right way in this match.

"It feels insane; I mean, I'm still in shock", said Anisimova, whose parents are Russian but who represents the United States, where she was born and raised. "When you go away from the game for over a two-month period it starts feeling a little bit that way".

The Serb concedes that being sidelined for so long and struggling with a lengthy injury is new to him and he says he spoke to his countryman Viktor Troicki about how he dealt with his return to the game after getting suspended by the ITF for refusing to take a drugs test.

He extended his 2018 win streak to 13 matches and has only dropped three sets from 34 played this year.

In other women's third round matches on Monday, French seventh seed Caroline Garcia defeated Australia's Daria Gavrilova 7-5, 6-4.

"To me, it's not that surprising".

"I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better", the world number 25 was quoted as saying on the tournament's Twitter account. "I didn't serve too good today but overall I'm pleased".

Indications that he was in good touch came in the second game of the match when he sealed a break to go 2-0 ahead. That has always been a rock solid shot for me throughout my career.

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