Novak Djokovic makes 'weird' revelation after early defeat at Indian Wells Masters

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Djokovic said he felt like it was his "first match" on tour and was unable to explain his opening set stumble or his capitulation in the decider.

World No.3 Marin Cilic of Croatia on Sunday defeated Hungary's Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 6-3 to set up a third-round clash with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat Tim Smyczek of the United States 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Federer, who led by a set when play was halted due to rain at 2-2 on Saturday night, staved off a set point in a tiebreak to beat Delbonis 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

Other seeded players who lost were ninth-seeded Lucas Pouille, who fell 6-4, 6-4 to Yuki Bhambri; 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, 7-5, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis; 21st-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 6-4 to Dudi Sela; and No. 24 seed Giles Muller, 6-3, 7-5 to Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Djokovic who had been out of action for nearly two months after his defeat against Korean Chung at the Australian Open had taken the second half of 2017 off to heal from an elbow injury. "But I recovered very quickly, and I got myself ready" added the Serb.

Federer, who finished off Federico Delbonis in a rain-disrupted match to reach the third round, said he understands how even a champion like Djokovic could be struggling to find his game so soon after having surgery.

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"He just seems to be getting better and better, he's improving year on year and as we said earlier, he's won nine titles since coming back from that injury problem with the knee". "When you go away from the game for a two-month period, it starts feeling a little bit that way". "To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said.

Nishikori withdrew from the Australian Open earlier this year with a right wrist injury.

"I think it's only (a matter of) time to get where he deserves to be", said Del Potro.

On the women's side, top-ranked Simona Halep came back to top 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in just over two hours. "She's the best player I have ever played, and it was the biggest court I have ever played on".

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