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Federer's Indian Wells opener suspended due to rain

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Despite the myriad achievements in his career, one moment stands out for Federer as the best match he's ever played. "When you go away from the game for over a two-month period it starts feeling a little bit that way".

"I mean, if anyone was at the match, they could see how much the crowd helped me", Fritz said, according to the Desert Sun. "Just didn't feel good at all, nerves were there".

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

Djokovic's performance in the final set against the world's 109th-ranked player on centre court raised some eyebrows, with four-times grand slam champion Jim Courier saying the Serb had "capitulated". "So I was able to take advantage of it".

"And not to mention as well, I've played so many tournaments as a kid here. I had always suffered against him but I felt I had finally found the key and won pretty comfortably 6-0, 7-6, 6-0". But then with 40-15, I close the match.

"I knew that I just needed to keep pushing hard the serve". Now I'm 34 and I have to fight against players 21, 22, 23 that are much younger.

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".

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Federer's opening match at the BNP Paribas Open was suspended for the night Saturday during the second set as pouring rain ended the session prematurely.

Federer, who already has two titles in 2018 after victories in Australia and Rotterdam, took the first set 6-3 against Argentina's Federico Delbonis in just under 40 minutes.

Israeli Dudi Sela beat British 21st-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund 6-4 6-4 while Luxemburg's 24th seed Giles Muller was upset by Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 7-5.

There were no such problems for Kevin Anderson or Tomas Berdych, who were straight-sets winners over Evgeny Donskoy and Max Marterer respectively, while Dominic Thiem saw off Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 3-6 6-3.

Djokovic was beaten 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-1 by the 25-year old qualifier in his first competitive match since losing in the last 16 at Melbourne.

When play resumed Sunday, Federer and Delbonis traded holds of serve before going to a tiebreak.

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