Federer opens Indian Wells title defence with two-day win

Former world No 1 Novak Djokovic was beaten in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters

Former world No 1 Novak Djokovic was beaten in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters

The Spaniard will lose 90-points after withdrawing from the event, but will still return to the top of the rankings if Federer does not make the last four in California.

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.

"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. "Just struggled also a little bit with the health the last couple of weeks".

The world No 100, however, responded well and took the initiative with an early break before a Mannarino double fault handed Chardy, who plays at Patrick Mouratoglou's tennis academy, a second break of the final set before he served out for the win.

Stephens lost to Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-4, 6-3, and fell to 2-4 in matches this year.

Surprisingly, the Serb was able to break straight back when Federer wobbled slightly, and he then held his nerve brilliantly to claim the consolidating hold and move to 2-2.

Kevin Anderson put on a serving masterclass as he saw off Nicolas Kicker 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-3).

"It's been a long time since I have been interrupted at night and have to come back the next day", Federer said. "He's only going to get better from here".

"It doesn't take very much to get that feeling back, but in the beginning it's very odd when you haven't played match plays".

In other men's matches, Juan Martin del Potro steamed his way into the third round as the sixth seed needed just 69 minutes to beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-1.

"Unfortunately I have to pull out", Nishikori said.

Federer and 10th seed Djokovic both came into the tournament seeking to become the first six-time victor of the event. "Now we're in Indian Wells and that's my focus and not what I have achieved in the past".

"I wasn't playing that good in my first [opening] round".