Djokovic out as Federer cruises

Djokovic out as Federer cruises

Daniel had two break points to level it at 5-5 but, this time, Djokovic did come through - despite wasting his first set point with a horribly shanked drive volley.

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.

"It felt like the first match I have ever played on the tour, very weird", he told reporters.

The 12-time major victor led 5-2 in the opener, but Daniel fought back well to clinch the first set on a tie-break, and although Djokovic pulled level, 61 unforced errors from the five-time champion saw Daniel clinch victory after two-and-a-half hours.

"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".

Djokovic scrambled to win the second set on Sunday but the rust from the layoff was evident as he made 62 unforced errors overall.

But world number one Federer, who won his own contest with Federico Delbonis, had expected that Djokovic would find it tough getting back into the swing of things on the ATP Tour. You know, the nighttime is much more deader. "The surface doesn't react so much; the ball doesn't travel so fast".

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

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"I was not even supposed to be here because of the surgery that was only five, six weeks ago", said Djokovic. So I was able to take advantage of it.

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.

Zverev held a 4-1 lead in the third set, but the German lost five straight games to be beaten.

Delbonis had defeated Federer at an ATP meeting in Hamburg in 2013, He won 7-6, 7-6. "That is as head scratching as anything you'll see". Where normally, you know, when you've played a lot of matches, you just rock up, you hit a good serve, play a good point, 15-Love, you just move along with the score.

Sousa eventually prevailed 7-5 5-7 6-4 to set up a third round match against Milos Raonic, who beat 17-year-old countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 6-4.

"When you do come back from injury or when you haven't played in a long time, it just takes extra effort".

The 30-year-old kept the pressure on, though, and broke for 4-3 before producing two of his best shots of the match to consolidate, the first a brilliant get at the net and the second a thunderous forehand. He will face Gael Monfils in the next match.