Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Bad day for No. 1s: Djokovic, Osaka upset at Indian Wells

Tennis BNP Paribas Open Day 9 Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber in third round
Rita Gibson | 15 March, 2019, 10:43

Also, Czech teen Marketa Vondrousova shocked world No. 2 Simona Halep 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 the same day, notching her first victory over a top-five player to reach the WTA quarter-finals at Indian Wells.

Kohlschreiber posted his first victory over a top-ranked player, advancing to a fourth-round match against France's Gael Monfils.

World No.1 Djokovic fell in straight sets in what was his first tournament since lifting a record seventh Australian Open title in January.

"It's a very special moment", Kohlschreiber said.

Kohlschreiber notched his first ever victory over a number one-ranked player, ending Djokovic's bid for a sixth Indian Wells crown.

Djokovic, however, ended the evening on a high as he - alongside Fabio Fognini of Italy - stormed into the semi-finals of the doubles event after they prevailed 7-6 2-6 10-6 over Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Roger. Djokovic and Fognini paid the price for not converting their second-set chances as they had break points in three games but didn't realize any of their six break point chances.

While it is being assumed it was just one of the bad days for Nole, there are debates that Nole was under pressure due to off-field controversy.

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American John Isner never faced a break point during his comfortable 6-3 6-4 win over Guido Pella. "I must admit I was thinking about it, but it's part of our world, and we just have to bounce back very quickly. I did a lot of things well", said Nadal, adding that despite his lopsided record over Schwartzman he considered the Argentine a formidable opponent, citing tough matches against him at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.

The match with Federer will be another stern test for Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion who is climbing back up the rankings as he continues his return from double knee surgery.

"I'm very confident with my game right now. So these are the rare occasions where I could potentially do well", Djokovic said. "For me, the plan worked".

"You can't always make it work".

The 22-year-old will next face Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who continued his run of dominant serving without being broken on his way to an impressive 6-4 6-2 win over 10th seeded Croat Marin Cilic.

He will play Serbia's Filip Krajinovic next after Krajinovic, ranked 113, beat 15th seed Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-2.

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