Novak Djokovic keen to turn the page after Indian Wells exit

Tanya Simon
March 15, 2019

Both the World number 1's and current Australian Open Champions were sent packing from the Indian Wells.

The Bryan brothers won the first set on Monday evening before rain suspended play until Tuesday.

No. 2 seed and three-time Indian Wells champion Rafael breezed by Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1.

"She forced the issue on every point, didn't make a lot of errors, played defensively when she had to, played offensively", Williams said of her German opponent, ranked No. 97. "She sort of knew what she wanted to do more than me". Osaka fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins, who came on court during the match. When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn't happen in singles. "We communicate well, so I think that's a really big plus. I don't think it's going to be hard".

Bencic will next play Thursday, facing fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, a 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-2 victor over 21st-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on Tuesday.

Venus Williams is into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel. Very special to beat the No. 1.

"Especially in a tournament like this, a tournament where I have had plenty of success in the past".

Britain's Kyle Edmund beat Radu Albot 6-3 6-3 to reach the last 16. "He feels the same way, so that's very awkward sometimes". "Completely different conditions today: Ball bounces much higher".

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"I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets", said Osaka to media. "He deserved to win". I have to get back tomorrow with a great mindset.

"Today, with Novak being number one, top-seeded here, it's a very incredible win for me".

Djokovic was just 1 for 5 on break-point opportunities. Kohlschreiber converted three of his four chances.

Monfils has a 13-2 career record against Kohlschreiber.

Djokovic remains alive in doubles with partner Fabio Fognini.

Djokovic tipped his cap to the veteran after the match. "Tonight it worked well so I think it was a good match for me", said Federer, who like Djokovic is a five-time victor at Indian Wells. There were more men's upsets on Tuesday with No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 10 Marin Cilic and No. 14 Daniil Medvedev all losing.

Djokovic and Fognini edged out doubles specialists Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in a tight Indian Wells Masters quarter-final clash 7-6 (6) 2-6 10-6.

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