Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber in third round

Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber in third round

"I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber", Djokovic said.

Bencic, who beat four top-10 players on the way to winning a title in Dubai last month, now plays world number five Karolína Plíšková of the Czech Republic, who beat Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, in the quarter-finals.

"Especially in a tournament like this, a tournament where I have had plenty of success in the past". Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky. I have to get back tomorrow with a great mindset. "Let's see. You know, if you win the whole thing here, it might change", he said with a smile.

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. "I don't think it's going to be hard". He had an 0-11 record against World No. 1 opponents entering Tuesday's match against Djokovic, but came oh-so-close to snapping that winless record two years ago. "I'm really excited about that".

Shortly after falling to Kohlschreiber, Djokovic was headed out for doubles, teaming with Fognini for a 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 10/6 victory over Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau to reach the semi-finals.

"I think I put out a pretty good strategy on the court", Kohlschreiber said, "Very clever serve, good return game - it was a good day".

"She was just playing so well. there wasn't anything that I could do in that situation".

Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber in third round

"I'm very confident with my game right now".

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

Halep, who received treatment for blisters on her foot during the match, hit just six winners and piled up 36 unforced errors. "But it's everything I could do today".

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.

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.

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.

No. 7 seed Kiki Bertens was defeated by 20th seed Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

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