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Rain halts Federer's Indian Wells opener

2018-03-11 10:55
Roger Federer (Gallo Images)

Indian Wells - Defending champ Roger Federer's opening match was put on hold on Saturday when play at the Indian Wells ATP Masters was suspended after heavy rain swept through the California desert.

The 36-year-old Federer had taken a set from Federico Delbonis 6-3 with the second tied at 2-2 when rain stopped play.

The start of the match had been delayed several minutes by light rain in a precursor of worse weather to come.

With the showers expected to continue, organizers eventually suspended play for the night, with the match to resume on Sunday.

One women's match had yet to be completed and another didn't even make it on court, and those two were also to be completed on Sunday.

Federer and Delbonis will be the third match on stadium court on Sunday after 10th seeded Novak Djokovic plays his opener against Japan's Taro Daniel.

Federer is seeking to extend his perfect record this season to 13-0 as he hopes to make history and capture his sixth title.

The age-defying Swiss maestro has already won two titles in 2018, claiming his 20th Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January.

In men's play earlier, world number four Grigor Dimitrov slumped to a shock 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3 defeat to Spain's Fernando Verdasco.

Dimitrov continues to struggle in Indian Wells. The 26-year-old Bulgarian No. 1 has never made it past the third round in seven appearances.

Dimitrov reached the final earlier this year in Rotterdam, where he lost to Federer. That came after a breakthrough 2017 which saw him win four titles, including Sofia, Cincinnati, Brisbane and the ATP Finals.

Verdasco, 34, is making his 15th straight appearance in Indian Wells and trying to improve on his 2009 quarter-final run.

"It is an amazing feeling when you come to a tournament like this and in a stadium with a good atmosphere against one of the top players in the world. You know you're able to do your job and have a good day and win the match," said Verdasco.

"So it was a really good feeling. I am super happy to win and come through this tough opponent and this tough round.

"I am just going to enjoy the victory and try to keep it going in the next round and make it as far as possible."

Fifth seeded Dominic Thiem defeated teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in a second round match.

Thiem moved through to a third round meeting with 30th seed Pablo Cuevas, of Uruguay, who beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

Thiem, 24, is hoping to improve on last year's quarter-final finish at Indian Wells, one of the biggest events on the tennis calendar outside of the four Grand Slams.

Other men's winners on Saturday included American Taylor Fritz, Czech Tomas Berdych and South Korea's Chung Hyeon.

Results on Saturday on the fourth day of the ATP and WTA Indian Wells tournament:

Men

2nd rd

Roger Federer (SUI x1) leads Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-3, 2-2 match suspended due to rain

Filip Krajinovic (SRB x25) bt Mitchell Krueger (USA) 6-2, 6-2

Adrian Mannarino (FRA x20) bt Peter Polansky (CAN) 6-1, 6-4

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x16) 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4

Chung Hyeon (KOR x23) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-7 (9/11), 6-3, 6-3

Tomas Berdych (CZE x12) bt Maximilian Marterer (GER) 6-1, 6-4

Pablo Cuevas (URU x30) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3

Dominic Thiem (AUT x5) bt Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x3) 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3

Taylor Fritz (USA) bt Andrey Rublev (RUS x27) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

Borna Coric (CRO) bt Albert Ramos (ESP x19) 6-0, 6-3

Roberto Bautista (ESP x13) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 6-4, 6-2

Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP x11) bt Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)

Daniil Medvedev (RUS) bt Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 6-7 (6/8), 7-5, 6-4

Nicols Kicker (ARG) bt Damir Dzumhur (BIH x26) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Kevin Anderson (RSA x7) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 7-5, 6-4

Women

2nd rd

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) leads Angelique Kerber (GER x10) 6-3 match suspended due to rain

Venus Williams (USA x8) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROM) 6-3, 6-4

Serena Williams (USA) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x29) 7-6 (7/5), 7-5

Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x21) bt Mnica Puig (PUR) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Julia Gorges (GER x12) bt Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 6-4, 6-1

Danielle Collins (USA) bt Madison Keys (USA x15) 6-3, 7-6 (7/1)

Sofya Zhuk (RUS) bt Magdalna Rybarikova (SVK x18) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

Carla Suarez (ESP x27) bt Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) bt Mona Barthel (GER) 6-4, 6-3

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Anett Kontaveit (EST x28) 6-2, 6-4

Caroline Garcia (FRA x7) bt Jennifer Brady (USA) 6-4, 6-4

Daria Gavrilova (AUS x26) bt Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2

Elena Vesnina (RUS x24) bt Catherine Bellis (USA) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x2) bt Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-4, 6-1

Darya Kasatkina (RUS x20) bt Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-2, 5-2 abandon

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