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Federer cruises past Krajinovic at Indian Wells

13 March, 2018, 13:44 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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"I was feeling like he was not loving my slice and I was also mixing in dropshots", said Federer who extended his flawless record this season to 14-0. Djokovic sprinted out to a 5-2 lead against the 25-year-old from Japan, but his mistakes began to add up and he finished with 58 unforced errors.

It was another snag in the return for world No13 Djokovic, who admitted he lacked composure while playing in just his second event of 2018 and first since having surgery.

In large parts of the match, Federer used the drop shot to get the Serbian off the balance.

It was the earliest loss for Djokovic at Indian Wells since a first-round exit in 2006.

He said it felt like the "first match I ever played on the 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. "I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything".

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Federer hit five aces and won 74 % of his first serve points in the match which took a total of one hour and 41 minutes over the two days.

In the women's section at Indian Wells, Simona Halep took pride in rallying past 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide, while Petra Kvitova's remarkable win streak skidded to a halt against another USA teen.

Other seeded players who lost were ninth-seeded Lucas Pouille, who fell 6-4, 6-4 to Yuki Bhambri; 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, 7-5, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis; 21st-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 6-4 to Dudi Sela; and number 24 seed Giles Muller, 6-3, 7-5 to Pierre-Hugues Herbert. I am on a good run right now and I want to maintain that.

"It feels insane. I mean, I'm still in shock", Anisimova said.


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