Rain Halts Federer's Opening Match at Indian Wells


Defending champ Roger Federer's opening match was put on hold Saturday when play at the Indian Wells Master event was suspended after heavy rain swept through the California desert.

Federer had taken a set from Federico Delbonis 6-3 with the second tied at 2-2 when rain stopped play.

The start of the match had been delayed several minutes by light rain in a precursor of worse weather to come.

With the showers expected to continue, organizers eventually suspended play for the night, with the match to resume on Sunday.

One women's match had yet to be completed and another didn't even make it on court, and those two were also to be completed on Sunday.

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova had taken the first set against German 10th seed Angelique Kerber 6-3 and the first game of the second set was underway when their match was halted.

Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka had been scheduled to play on stadium court after Federer.