Roger Federer backs Novak Djokovic to improve after poor comeback

Djokovic came from a set down to level the match against the World 109 but then fell apart in the final set, as Daniel triumphed 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1.

South Korea's Hyeon Chung, who surpassed all expectations to reach the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, also advanced, taking almost three hours to overcome Dusan Lajovic 6-7 (11/9) 6-3 6-3.

There aren't many players who can say they have a winning record over 20 time Grand Slam victor Federer but Delbonis is one of them.

Krajinovic reacted well to Federer's first blow, breaking back immediately after going 2-0 down at the beginning of the match. After another 90-minute delay organisers suspended play for the night.

Federer will be replaced by Spaniard Nadal - who is absent from the Masters tournament this year - if the 20-time grand slam champion loses before the semis.

20-times Grand Slam victor Federer is chasing a sixth title at the event, and will take some stop judging by the manner in which he swatted aside his 26-year-old opponent in only 58 minutes.

It was another snag in the return for the world No 13 Djokovic who conceded he lacked composure while playing in just his second event of 2018 and first since having surgery.

Djokovic was makings his first appearance since being stunned by Hyeon Chung at the Australian Open.

"It felt like first match I ever played on the tour", Djokovic said.

Serbian champion Djokovic was making a return from elbow surgery. Also have a Foundation trip I'm doing at that time, so I'm planning that a little bit. Djokovic scrambled to win the second set on Sunday but the rust from the layoff was evident as he made 62 unforced errors overall.

Discussing his display, Djokovic said: "Nerves were there".

"At the same time, I enjoy playing the guy, just because it's one of the ultimate challenges to play Novak, Andy, Rafa, Stan, you name it, all these guys".

One of the biggest shocks of the early results came in the women's draw, where in-form Kvitova saw her excellent run halted by 16-year-old wild card Anisimova.

He will next take on American world No. 21 Sam Querry, who ousted Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-4, 7-5.

In other men's matches, David Ferrer of Spain defeated Tennys Sandgren of the United States 6-2, 7-6.

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