Federer wins rain-delayed match, Djokovic ousted in Indian Wells

Federer Up a Set Before the Rains Came, Dimitrov Ousted While Thiem Advances at BNP Paribas Open

The Spaniard once ranked No. 7 in the world is now ranked No. 39 said: "Well, I think that the match kind of, like, went up-and-downs a little bit, at least the two first sets with a break that he made me at the beginning. As I am the defending victor, there is also a little bit of pressure", the 20-time men's singles Grand Slam champion added.

"It felt like the first match I have ever played on the tour, very weird", he told reporters. "And even though you don't have pain, you are still thinking about it because it's something I've been feeling and dragging for over two years".

"When you go from night to day [in consecutive days, you're usually] playing a different opponent", said Federer, who couldn't remember the last time he had played a match that was interrupted overnight. But at the same time, just didn't feel good at all.

Djokovic's performance in the final set against the world's 109th-ranked player on centre court raised some eyebrows, with four-times grand slam champion Jim Courier saying the Serb had "capitulated". "So talking about faster, I just think there is more bounce to it, especially if you play someone who has a lot of spin like he has and kicks the ball around a lot". It automatically gives you a little bit of safety. "I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything". But then with 40-15, I close the match.

"I knew that I just needed to keep pushing hard the serve". After a slow start to the season, the Serbian quickly got some good results reaching Dubai semifinals and now Indian Wells third round. I was able to stay pretty tough, so I'm pretty proud of that.

The Indian qualifier is pushing towards a return to the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings after struggling with an elbow injury in 2016 after falling outside the Top 500. He was leading Argentina's Federico Delbonis 6-3, 2-2 when heavy drizzle forced the matches to be postponed.

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The nightcap match on Stadium Court was also postponed for the night.

Delbonis has a 1-0 record against the Swiss.

Earlier, fifth seed Dominic Thiem narrowly avoided the same fate as Dimitrov, the Austrian edging hard-hitting Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 3-6 6-3.

The 34-old, who has seven career titles, pounded down 12 aces, including six in the deciding set.

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 No. 24 seed Giles Muller, 6-3, 7-5 to Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

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

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