Not surprised by Novak Djokovic's loss right after surgery, says Roger Federer

Rain on Saturday had delayed the match, with Federer leading 6-3 2-2.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has enjoyed a flawless start to 2018 winning the Australian Open and ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, and is bidding to claim a record sixth title - his 28th Masters 1000 crown - in the California desert. In 2016 he shocked world number two Andy Murray to reach the fourth round.

But Verdasco struck when it mattered, taking a 5-3 lead in the deciding set after breaking the Bulgarian and securing the match on the second match-point.

The 36-year-old had failed to win a Grand Slam title since 2012 when he chose to end his season after Wimbledon in July, 2016, which raised a number of questions about his future in the game.

He has enjoyed a ideal start to 2018 by winning both events he has competed in and taking his career singles title tally to 97.

He then took Federer to deuce in the next game. "I made so many unforced errors that it was just one of those exdays where you are not able to find the rhythm from the baseline especially from the backhand side".

'It's probably the stat that I'm most proud about in my tennis career, ' he said. "Especially, you know, in a crowd like this, it's pretty fantastic to do it, and I'm pretty happy... it's going to be a huge win for my career in the future, for sure".

The tournament also lost Japan's Kei Nishikori, who withdrew through illness.

The 31-year-old Frenchman needed just 71 minutes to dispatch Ebden.

The Japanese qualifier stunned five-time Indian Wells champion Novak Djokovic in round two.

Federer is pencilled in to hit the court at around 6pm United Kingdom time.

Monfils will face world No. 18 John Isner in the second round. "I just feel like today we're all so good on clay, grass, and hard courts, if you get on a roll you can rack up some titles".

"The ball was flying quite a lot".

Djokovic said he felt like it was his "first match" on tour and was unable to explain his opening set stumble or his capitulation in the decider.

"I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice", said Federer, who owns the No. 1 ranking.

Ebden committed five double faults and won just 39 percent of his second serve points on Friday.

Sock loves the Indian Wells court surface.