Japan qualifier Daniel shocks out-of-sorts Djokovic

Japan qualifier Daniel shocks out-of-sorts Djokovic

It was another snag in the return for the 30-year-old Djokovic who admitted he was out of sorts while playing in just his second event of 2018.

Nadal is now out with a recurrence of his hip injury, Djokovic is struggling after elbow problems and Murray is recovering from major surgery in January.

Federer, who had looked slightly off his game in his rain-disrupted third round match against Federico Delbonis, was his dominant self Monday, winning 89 per cent of his first service points while cracking six aces to just one double fault.

"I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly but at the same time just didn't feel good at all", he added.

If God played tennis he would be Roger Federer.

Israeli Dudi Sela beat British 21st seed Edmund 6-4 6-4, while Luxemburg's 24th seed Giles Muller was upset by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 7-5.


"To me, it's not that surprising", the defending champion said in California.

Federer staved off a set point in the tiebreak to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (6). "When you go away from the game for over a two-month period, it starts feeling a little bit that way", the Express quoted Federer as saying. "She's the best player I have ever played, and it was the biggest court I have ever played on".

In other matches, fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem had to retire with an ankle injury while trailing Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 4-6, 2-4.

The tournament also lost Japan's Kei Nishikori, who withdrew through illness.

Chardy, who came into the all-French tussle with an unbeaten record against Mannarino from their three previous meetings, edged the opening set before the French No 2 hit back to force a decider and claim his first set against the 31-year-old. "I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better. And I think Novak needs that, too, even though I wouldn't be surprised if he would have won here or Miami or anything going forward, because he's too good of a player not to do something like that". I'm very sorry as I love this tournament.

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