There was no let up from Federer in the second set. "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". Federer blasted six aces, had one double fault and won 89 per cent of his first serve points, losing just three points on his serve the entire match.
Despite the promising outlook, Federer insists he is taking it one match at a time.
Daniel, who is ranked 109th in the world, advanced to the third round, where he will face Gael Monfils of France, who outlasted American John Isner 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.
Holder Roger Federer avoided the same fate as Djokovic, though the Swiss top seed was pushed by left-handed Argentine Federico Delbonis in a match that was completed on Sunday after being halted by rain at 2-2 in the second set the previous day.
There are few players who could have dealt with Federer in the kind of form he showed Monday.
"When you go from night to day [you are usually] playing a different opponent - so, naturally, it's all a change", said Federer.
Federer is making his 17th appearance in the California desert and is assured of remaining world No. 1 if he makes it to the semifinals.
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The 36-year-old broke the 25th seed in his opening service game only to be broken back immediately, but from 2-2 won seven games on the bounce to take control of proceedings.
"To me, it's not that surprising", Federer said.
"That's why after injury or something like that, you just need a bit of time".
Indications that he was in good touch came in the second game of the match when he sealed a break to go 2-0 ahead.
"Unfortunately I have to pull out", Nishikori said.
"So, we've rented a house [for Indian Wells] for many years now". There is still plenty of good enough players around me to cause an upset. I'm very sorry as I love this tournament.
Djokovic took six months off after Wimbledon a year ago and returned in January's Australian Open where he lost in the fourth round.