ROGER Federer has downed Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6 in the second round at Indian Wells.
His first event since becoming the oldest player to clinch the No.1 ranking, Federer improved to 13-0 in 2018, but will need to reach the semi-finals or risk being overtaken by Rafael Nadal.
In a rain-affected encounter that saw the match start on Sunday (AEST) and resume on Monday, the players were forced off the court due to rain in the second set with the score even at 2-2.
Returning Monday to finish things off; the Swiss star saved a set point and eventually took the second set tie break 8-6.
Federer will now face 25th seed Filip Krajinovic in the third round.
Earlier, Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel sent five-time tournament champion Novak Djokovic tumbling out of the tournament with a hard-fought 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-1 victory.
The stars have tumbled in the early rounds at Indian Wells, with Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios all out of the running.
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