Federer on fire in Indian Wells

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GETTY Roger Federer is back in action at Indian Wells

Former world no. 1 Novak Djokovic said he felt "weird" and acknowledged he "completely lost rhythm" during his second-round exit at BNP Paribas Open - the ongoing ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells on Sunday, March 11. After handing back an early break to allow Krajinovic to draw level at two-all, Federer moved into cruise control.

Djokovic was beaten 6-7, 6-4, 1-6 by world No109, Taro Daniel, who had made the main draw as a qualifier. Federer blasted six aces had one double fault and won 89 percent of his first serve points, losing just three points on his serve the entire match.

Krajinovic had no answer for Federer's serve or relentless return game and ended up winning just 31 of the match's 93 points.

"You can't really look ahead to semi-finals, finals and speculate about who you could play", he told reporters.

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"I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly. I have to stay sharp".

Federer will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last 16.

In other matches, fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem had to retire with an ankle injury while trailing Pablo Cuevas 6-3 4-6 2-4. World No3 Marin Cilic beat Hungary's Marton Fucsovics 7-5 6-3.

In other men's matches, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1 and set up a third-round showdown with Spaniard David Ferrer, who defeated Tennys Sandgren of the USA 6-2 7-6 (7/3).

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Federer returned on Sunday afternoon and needed an hour to close out his second-round victory 6-3 7-6 (8/6).

The win came a day after the 20-time grand slam champion was forced to finish off a rain-interrupted contest over Argentine Federico Delbonis.

"I think it speaks to my strengths on court, which is just being clutch and playing my best tennis in the big moments", Fritz said, adding,".it's probably the stat that I'm most proud about in my tennis career".

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