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Indian Wells 2019: Novak Djokovic crashes out to Philipp Kohlschreiber

Indian Wells 2019: Novak Djokovic crashes out to Philipp Kohlschreiber”

World number one Naomi Osaka crashed out of Indian Wells on Tuesday, routed by Belinda Bencic on a day that saw second-ranked Simona Halep sent packing, too.

Defeat was hard to take for Djokovic - who returned to win in the doubles later on Tuesday - but he was not dwelling on it, particularly with another big tournament on the horizon.

"I played a pretty great match", Bencic said after her fifth consecutive victory over a Top-10 opponent.

The display of emotion didn't change anything as Kohlschreiber opened the second set with a service break and broke Djokovic again in the seventh game to give himself a chance to serve for the match.

After Djokovic held at love, Kohlschreiber held his nerve to finish it off, gaining a match point when Djokovic's lunging backhand went wide before Kohlschreiber fired a sideline-skimming forehand.

In a match that resumed after the rain stopped play just one game in on Monday night, Kohlschreiber said the warmer daytime conditions suited him better, and Djokovic agreed.

World number two Nadal stayed on track to improve that number as he swept past Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1 to reach the last 16.

Spain's Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam champion now ranked 20th in the world, out-lasted seventh-ranked Kiki Bertens 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 while Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam victor, beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-4. Five-time champion and No. 4 seed Roger Federer beat his Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4 in 59 minutes. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. "I know from that point on it's going to be a very interesting match".

"It's a very special win today", Kohlschreiber said after the match.

While Federer and Nadal have voted against having Chris Kermode as ATP Chairman, Player's Council President Djokovic has backed Kermode.

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine came back from a break down in the third set to beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 7-6 (8), 5-7, 6-4 to reach the Indian Wells quarterfinals for the first time.

Djokovic led that game 30-15, but capped a long rally with a forehand long then double faulted before pushing a forehand wide on break point.

Djokovic remains alive in doubles with partner Fabio Fognini.

Muguruza next faces 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who surprised China's 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2.



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