Novak Djokovic keen to turn the page after Indian Wells exit

Carrie Guzman
March 15, 2019

"I would say after 3-all in the first set I felt like getting closer to the set, holding my service games, which is not easy against Novak, because he's such a great returner", Kohlschreiber said. The Bryan brothers won the first set on Monday evening before rain suspended play until Tuesday.

Djokovic was playing his first tournament since lifting a record seventh Australian Open title in January and had won eight of nine prior meetings with Kohlschreiber, but he could find no answer for the German in a 6-4, 6-4 loss.

Bencic, the 23rd seed from Switzerland, is on a roll, winning 11 straight matches and beating Top 10 players in her last five matches. The 20th-seeded Muguruza upset seventh-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, on Tuesday.

Next up for Kohlschreiber is Gael Monfils, who owns a 13-2 record against the German.

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

"I thought I was in good form".

"I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone", Djokovic said.

In another upset earlier, Pole Hubert Hurkacz fired 10 aces en route to a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over world number seven Kei Nishikori of Japan to reach the fourth round.

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Venus Williams is into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel. This is Djokovic's first trip to the last four of an ATP Masters 1000 event in doubles since partnering Janko Tipsarevic to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in 2015.

He said: "Whatever the problems were with Djokovic, whether he is less than 100 per-cent medically or whether the off-court politics have got to him - who knows, Kohlschreiber has beaten him".

"I didn't play that well", Osaka said. "I was really impressed with her game".

The women's field lost its top two seeds as Romania's Halep, the 2015 Indian Wells victor, fell to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. "But it's everything I could do today".

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.

Halep, who received treatment for blisters on her foot during the match, hit just six winners and piled up 36 unforced errors.

The big-serving 2012 Indian Wells finalist will face Russian Karen Khachanov after he defeated countryman Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-3 in their fourth round match.

Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2.

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