World number 1 and defending Indian Wells champion Roger Federer improved his score in 2018 to 13-0 after a 6-3 7-6 triumph over Federico Delbonis in an hour and 41 minutes. A five-time champion here in the desert had to play for two days to complete the win after the match was halted due to rain on Saturday night with Roger leading 6-3 2-2.
The Argentine played well today but he fell short in the tie break to end on the losing side, missing the chance to beat Federer for the second time after that victory in Hamburg in 2013. Roger couldn't find his usual rhythm and he created only one break point in the entire match, the one that delivered the opening set for him.
Also, he made almost 40 unforced errors but it all came out nicely for him in the end, claiming his 58th win at Indian Wells and setting the third round meeting with the 25th seed Filip Krajinovic on Monday. Delbonis served at only 46% but we couldn't notice that since he faced one break point in the entire match and kept both the first and second serve safe.
Roger saved all three break points he faced, including two in the ninth game of the opening set when he served for it. Federico was on the level terms with world number 1 when the play resumed today and he earned a break point in game six, denied by Roger's smash winner.
Federer raced into a 5-2 lead in the tie break but the Argentine won the next four points to earn a set point after a double fault from the Swiss star. Federico netted a backhand to see his chance gone and another backhand error cost a left-hander dearly, falling 7-6 behind and allowing Roger to serve for the win.
Federer didn't need the second invitation and he managed to cross the finish line after a forced mistake from his rival, relieved he reached the third round without spending further time on the court. Second round result: