Roger Federer not focused on retaining No. 1 ranking

Roger Federer not focused on retaining No. 1 ranking

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.

Federer staved off a set point in the second set tie-break to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (8-6) and he will face 25th-seed Filip Krajinovic in the third round on Monday.

The Serb was once the most dominant player around - winning four straight grand slam titles from 2015 to 2016 - but little of that scintillating form was on display when the 12-time grand slam victor was upset by Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 in the second round in Indian Wells on Sunday.

On the men's side, Borna Coric of Croatia upset No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-1, 6-3; Jeremy Chardy beat No. 20 Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in an all-French matchup; and No. 11 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain defeated Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation 6-1, 7-5.

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

Federer's match was not the only one postponed by a persistent rain Saturday evening.

"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", Federer said.

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He then announced in early February that he had undergone a "small medical intervention" on the elbow, before practicing in Las Vegas with his renown coach Andre Agassi. The two instead played Sunday afternoon and Stephens looked very sharp in dispatching Azarenka 6-1, 7-5.

"The nighttime is much deader".

Djokovic, a five-time champion at Indian Wells, now holds a 3-2 win-loss record this year.

Federer won the Indian Wells championship for a fifth time previous year, adding to his crowns in the Southern California desert in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012. The surface doesn't react so much; the ball doesn't travel so fast.

Daniel's reward is a third-round match with Leonardo Mayer after his opponent Kei Nishikori pulled out through illness.

In other action, Sam Querrey (18) went through after beating Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-5, while Lucas Pouille of France (9) lost out to Yuki Bhambri of India 6-4, 6-4.

"I mean, not going to be too down about it", Stephens said.

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