Indian Wells: World No. 1 Roger Federer wins rain-delayed tie

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

Federer's opening match at the BNP Paribas Open was suspended for the night Saturday during the second set as pouring rain ended the session prematurely. Striking his groundstrokes with conviction and refusing to concede the momentum shift, the Japanese would benefit from 22 unforced errors by Djokovic to snatch the opener in a tie-break. I have already been no. 1 in my career. And 3-1, I broke him back.

"But he's strong enough to deal with that, and I love him and I want to see him in the top positions very soon".

"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", said Federer. And even like that, I tried. But at the same time, I just didn't feel good at all. I start serving, like, I think most first serves and actually, like, like harder, like faster. I was able to stay pretty tough, so I'm pretty proud of that. "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 automatically gives you a little bit of safety.

"It feels insane; I mean, I'm still in shock", said Anisimova, whose parents are Russian but who represents the United States, where she was born and raised. But then with 40-15, I close the match. Whereas, here now you play the same guy the next day, so you can really compare, you know, how different conditions are. After a slow start to the season, the Serbian quickly got some good results reaching Dubai semifinals and now Indian Wells third round. So I just went for it and it went well.

Seeded losers included Italian No. 16 Fabio Fognini, 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 against Jeremy Chardy of France, and Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, hammered 6-0 6-3 by young Croat Borna Coric.

Roger Federer was playing his first match at Indian Wells.

Marin Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion who lost to Federer in the final of this year's Australian Open, eased to a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Marton Fucsovics. They will resume on Sunday as the third match on Stadium 1 court.

Neither the elements nor Federico Delbonis could prevent the world No. 1 from extending his ideal start to the season in paradise.

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.

He extended his 2018 win streak to 13 matches and has only dropped three sets from 34 played this year. In other action, qualifier Yuki Bhambri continued his strong run of form, securing just his second Top 20 win with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over ninth seed Lucas Pouille.