We look at the impressive return of Serena Williams after 15 months out of the sport and catch up with top kiwi doubles players Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell who are both through to the second round at what is dubbed the unofficial fifth Major.
Djokovic shut down his season after Wimbledon in 2017 and despite not being at his best, chose to play at this year's Australian Open where he was ousted by South Korea's Hyeon Chung in the fourth round. He suffered his first opening-round loss in the California desert since his debut in 2006.
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".
Djokovic said it felt like the "first match I ever played on the tour".More news: SBI slashes minimum balance non-maintenance fines by up to 75%
"I just completely lost rhythm, everything", said Djokovic.
"I was grateful to be out on the court after surgery that quickly, but at the same time, I just didn't feel good at all".
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic.
Former No. 1 and tenth-seed Angelique Kerber rallied past Ekaterina Makarova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and Petra Martic upset last year's French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3. "Nerves were there. I made so many unforced errors".
"He obviously wasn't in his top form, so I was able to take advantage of it", Daniel said. Watch Full Match ReplaysAt No. 109 in the ATP Rankings, Daniel scored an impressive win over Mackenzie McDonald in the final round of qualifying and followed that up with a victory over an in-form Cameron Norrie on Friday. Daniel will next face Leonardo Mayer, who defeated lucky loser Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 6-1.More news: Katy Perry Surprises 'American Idol' Contestant with First Kiss
The 24-year-old is leading the ATP World Tour with the most wins at 17-3.
4-6 6-1 in the second-round tie on his first appearance since an injury ended his Australian Open challenge in January.
Roger Federer was playing his first match at Indian Wells.
The Indian Bhambri will meet 18th-seeded Sam Querrey in the third round after the big-serving American accounted for Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-4 7-5. Earlier in the day, Feliciano Lopez dismissed wild card Ernesto Escobedo 6-4, 6-3 and awaits either eighth seed Jack Sock or Italy's Thomas Fabbiano.
Federer won the Indian Wells championship for a fifth time previous year, adding to his crowns in the Southern California desert in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012.More news: Wall Street boosted as chip stocks gain