Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
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Kohlschreiber shocks top-ranked Djokovic in Indian Wells AFP, Indian Wells

Kohlschreiber shocks top-ranked Djokovic in Indian Wells AFP, Indian Wells

"To be honest, I don't enjoy losing, nobody does, but especially in a tournament like this, a tournament where I have had plenty of success in the past", Djokovic told reporters. I play few times a year.

He broke Nole at 4-2 in the opening set, and twice in the second to win the match.

But fresh from his win over Nick Kyrgios, Kohlschreiber went on the attack against a sluggish Djokovic. "You just have to deal with it, move on, turn the next page". "I love playing doubles". I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone.

But he'll also be putting in some solid singles practice.

"I felt good from the beginning", said Federer, who is coming off his 100th career title at Dubai last month. "I'm not at my highest level, but slowly building, and hopefully I'll be able to peak in Miami".

Djokovic's loss came on the same day that women's world number one Naomi Osaka saw her title defense hopes dashed, falling 6-3 6-1 to Belinda Bencic. She followed that with an Australian Open crown that sent her to number one.

But she never found her feet against Bencic, whose crisp groundstrokes and precise service game propelled her to victory in 66 minutes.

"I haven't played that much, so I wanted to make it count", said Williams, who is ranked No. 36 and expects to play about 12 tournaments this year.


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

"Take care and good night, know this the good life, hot tubs and court time, Thursday we back alright!" he rapped at the end of the song, which got a roar of approval from the audience. I'm happy that we managed to pull that one through. I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be unsafe on the return - maybe take some rhythm away from Stan.

"When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn't happen in singles. So just things worked out for me".

Five-time champion Djokovic suffered a shock 6-4 6-4 defeat against the German in California, the top seed unable to see off Kohlschreiber when they resumed after a rain delay on Monday. "But it's everything I could do today".

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.

Venus Williams is into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.

Muguruza next faces 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who surprised China's 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2. Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky.

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

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