Indian Wells Masters: Roger Federer beats Federico Delbonis to enter next round

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The Serb was once the most dominant player around - winning four straight grand slam titles from 2015 to 2016 - but little of that scintillating form was on display when the 12-time grand slam victor was upset by Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 in the second round in Indian Wells on Sunday.

Djokovic was defeated by the enthusiasm of his rival, who did not miss the unique opportunity to win the game during the first time they played against each other.

It marks the first time Djokovic has lost back-to-back Tour matches since the 2011 ATP Finals - though he did lose consecutive contests at the 2012 Olympics - but the Serbian was able to take positives from the defeat.

"Getting through qualifying made me a bit more confident, which gave me the belief.to get through the tougher moments, even against someone like (Djokovic)", he said.

"But, you know, after an opponent like this, to come back from two breaks down, actually, for me it was nearly impossible".

"I like both but I think Nadal is more like my gamestyle", Thiem told ESPN.

The 34-old, who has seven career titles, pounded down 12 aces, including six in the deciding set.

American Amanda Anisimova took down two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-4 in a match lasting just over an hour to become the first 16-year-old to move into the fourth round at Indian Wells since Viktoriya Kutuzova in 2005.

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On Saturday, Federer led 6-3, 2-2 when the match was delayed by a heavy drizzle 56 minutes after it began. Delbonis will serve first when play continues.

Amid a conversation with the umpire and Delbonis on court, Federer could be heard telling his Argentine opponent: "I can start but if you don't wanna start we don't have to".

Daniel, meanwhile, will face the victor of the match between the Belgian Ruben Bemelmans and the Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the third round.

"I mean, I just completely lost rhythm, everything", he said.

However, Daniel bounced back as he won the third set comfortably to clinch the match.

"I have been sick for over a week and tried everything I could to get better".

Daniel, who is ranked 109th in the world, advanced to the third round where he will face Gael Monfils of France.

Spanish veterans David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez recorded routine straight-sets wins over Tennys Sandgren and Ernesto Escobedo respectively while Philipp Kohlschreiber outlasted Tim Smyczek.

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