Federer reaches Indian Wells last 16 in 58 minutes

Roger Federer: 'Novak Djokovic is only going to get better'

Playing for a third consecutive day due to weather delays in Indian Wells, the 36-year-old Swiss showed no sign of wear en route to a 6-2 6-1 thrashing of the Serbian in the pair's first ever meeting.

It was another snag in the return for the 30-year-old Djokovic who was playing in just his second event of 2018 after the Australian Open in January.

Federer returned to stadium court on Sunday afternoon and needed an hour to finish off his second round victory 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

"I'm still not strong enough to go play a match", Nishikori said.

The defending champion will face Serbia's Filip Krajinovic in the round of 32.

On his highly-anticipated return to the tour after right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a shadow of his former self.

On Krajinovic, Federer said: "I still think he can play much better than he did today". Just struggled also a little bit with (my) health the last couple of weeks.

Edmund, who has been out of action with a hip injury since his brilliant performance in Melbourne, led 3-1 in the opening set and had two break points to go further ahead.

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". "Very weird", he said of the loss to Daniel.

Kasatkina has beaten all four of the current Grand Slam champions in the previous year: French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko, Australian Open victor Caroline Wozniacki, Wimbledon victor Garbine Muguruza and now Stephens.

"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", Federer said. "He's only going to get better from here".

He was uncharacteristically sloppy - as in 40 unforced errors sloppy.

"I think that would be a mistake".

Frenchman Gael Monfils survived a match point before beating big-serving American John Isner 6-7 (5) 7-6 (3) 7-5 in a contest that had only one break.

"Just the feeling of getting back to the world No. 1 ranking is deeply gratifying".

World No. 3 Marin Cilic also won on Sunday, defeating Hungary's Marton Fucsovics in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.

The win sets up a third-round showdown with Spaniard David Ferrer, who defeated Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

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