Djokovic stunned by Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 15, 2019

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has slammed the media's coverage of him in the wake of Novak Djokovic's stunning Indian Wells exit.

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.

The tournament in Indian Wells was Djokovic's first since winning his seventh Australian Open title in January and the 31-year-old said he had already put the defeat behind him and turned his thoughts to next week's Miami Open.

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

The world no. 1 in both the men's and the women's section lost out in Indian Wells as Novak Djokovic was defeated by Philipp Kohlschreiber and Belinda Bencic got the better of Naomi Osaka.

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.

Nadal, a three-time victor of the Indian Wells title, next faces Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic, who ousted 14th-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2.

"Especially in a tournament like this, a tournament where I have had plenty of success in the past. but it happens, just one of those days".

Second seed Simona Halep joined the top seeds crashing out after losing 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to unseeded Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in one hour and 40 minutes. "We beat a very experienced doubles team".

Djokovic stunned by Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells
Djokovic stunned by Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells

"I really wasn't focusing so much on her".

Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel. I'm very confident with my game right now.

This win was her first victory over a No. 1 not named Williams.

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

Djokovic was just 1 for 5 on break-point opportunities.

Nonetheless, Djokovic's Indian Wells campaign is not yet completely over as he is still alive in the doubles, where he, along with his partner Fabio Fognini beat the pair of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in the quarter-finals.

"I felt good from the beginning", said Federer, who is coming off his 100th career title at Dubai last month.

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

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