Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Djokovic, Osaka, Halep all ousted at Indian Wells

Djokovic, Osaka, Halep all ousted at Indian Wells

He admitted he was nervous in the early going of his 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, win over USA qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo in his second-round opener.

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.

Moments after world No 1 Novak Djokovic was beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber, the Aussie took to social media to highlight what unnecessary bias in coverage of big name players.

But she never found her feet against Bencic, whose crisp groundstrokes and precise service game propelled her to victory in 66 minutes. "You always need the No. 1 not to play his best to beat him". I have to get back tomorrow with a great mindset. "I was really impressed with her game". I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be unsafe on the return - maybe take some rhythm away from Stan. I had two good wins. I'm happy that we managed to pull that one through.

Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber stunned Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday, claiming his first career win over a world No. 1 player to reach the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters. I'm hitting the ball well.

But in a match that resumed after rain stopped play following completion of just one game on Monday night, Kohlschreiber looked crisp and confident, breaking the Serbian star for a 4-3 lead in the first and pocketing the set with a service victor on his second set point. "For me, the plan worked".

Novak Djokovic had no answer
Novak Djokovic had no answer

"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.

Her defeat means Osaka will retain her number one ranking, even though she couldn't pull off her first title defense. "I know it's a very special victory today", he said.

The bottom half of the men's draw still includes No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Roger Federer, both of whom breezed to victory.

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

The victor of that match will take on Britain's Kyle Edmund, who beat Macedonian qualifier Radu Albot 6-3, 6-3.

Williams will fight for a semi-final berth against eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber, who beat ninth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

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