The Swiss went to the third round after beating the Argentine 6-3 and 7-6 (6) in his match suspended by the rain. Joao Sousa got off Alexander Zverev.
Roger Federer was finally able to close his Indian Wells debut with a victory after his first-round match against Federico Delbonis was postponed due to the rain.The Swiss sent in the score by 6-3 and 2-2 at the time of the suspension and culminated his victory on Sunday after taking the second heat in the tie-break by 7-6 (6).
In the resumption of the match, Delbonis demanded Federer from the first moment and forced him to save a breaking ball that would have been 2-3 for the Argentine (Federer saved the three break balls he faced in the match). Federer and Delbonis managed to retain their serves in this second round, in which everything would be decided in the tie-break, where the Swiss was more effective to seal the set, the match and the pass to the next round.
With this victory (the Swiss has not yet lost in 2018, with a balance of 13-0), Federer also equals in direct confrontations with the Argentine, one of the few tennis players who had a positive balance in his favor. In the third round Federer will face the Serbian Filip Krajinovic, who beat the American Mitchell Kruegen by a double 6-2 on Saturday.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 12, 2018
Alexander Zverev says goodbye after falling to Sousa
The main surprise of the day was the Portuguese Joao Sousa, who beat the German Alexander Zverev in the debut of the tournament in the tournament 7-5, 5-7 and 6-4. Despite the effectiveness of Zverev with the serve (14 aces), the Portuguese took the first set, although the German was remade in the second set and stood with 1-4 in the third set. However, Zverev disconnected and Sousa took advantage of the German’s slump to chain 5 games in a row and close the game 6-4 in the third set. Sousa will be in the third round with Milos Raonic, who took the Canadian duel against Felix Auger-Aliassime for a double 6-4. The other surprises of this Sunday were the defeats of Lucas Pouille against the Indian Yuki Bhambri (6-4 and 6-4), of Diego Schwartzman against veteran Marcos Baghdatis (7-5 and 6-4) and John Isner against Gael Monfils (6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) and 7-5).
In the remaining games of the day, Marin Cilic overcame his cross with Marton Fucosvics (7-5 and 6-3), Juan Martin del Potro did not give options to young Alex de Miñaur (6-2 and 6-1) and Jack Sock beat Thomas Fabbiano 6-2, 7-5.
Second round results of the Masters 1000 Indian Wells
Roger Federer (SUI, 1) to Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-3 and 7-6 (6)
Marin Cilic (CRO, 2) to Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 7-5 and 6-3
Juan Martín del Potro (ARG, 6) to Alex de Miñaur (AUS) 6-2 and 6-1
Jack Sock (USA, 8) to Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 6-2 and 7-5
Yuki Bhambri (IND) to Lucas Pouille (FRA, 9) 6 -4 and 6-4
Taro Daniel (JAP) to Novak Djokovic (SRB, 10) 7-6 (3), 4-6 and 6-1
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) to Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 7-5 and 6- 4
Gael Monfils (FRA) to John Isner (USA, 15) 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) and 7-5
Sam Querrey (USA, 18) to Mischa Zverev (ALE) 6-4 and 7- 5
Dudi Sela (ISR) to Kyle Edmund (GBR, 21) 6-4 and 6-4
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) to Gilles Muller (LUX) 6-3 and 7-5
Feliciano Lopez (ESP, 28) to Ernesto Escobedo (USA) 6-4 y 6-3
David Ferrer (ESP, 29) to Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-2 and 7-6 (3)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (ALE, 31) to Tim Smyczek (USA) 1-6, 6-4 and 6-4
Milos Raonic ( CAN, 32) to Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 6-4 and 6-4
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) to Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) 6-4 and 6-1
Joao Sousa (POR) to Alexander Zverev (ALE, 4) 7-5, 5-7 and 6-4