World number one Novak Djokovic (15/8 – 2019 French Open Outright) became the latest high-profile player to exit Indian Wells after losing in straight sets to Philipp Kohlschreiber in round three.
Serbian star Djokovic struggled to find any real consistency throughout the contest and his frustrations were clear to see when he broke his racquet in anger after losing the first set 6-4.
The 31-year-old, who currently holds three of the four Grand Slam titles, lost the second set by the same scoreline and his attention is now being turned towards the Miami Open, which gets underway on March 20.
“To be honest, I don't enjoy losing, especially in a tournament like this, a tournament where I have had plenty of success in the past,” he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “But it just happens, one of those days.
“You just have to deal with it, move on, turn the next page. Miami is the next tournament singles-wise for me. I'm not at my highest level, but slowly building, and hopefully I'll be able to peak in Miami.”
Kohlschreiber, who won 72 per cent of first-serve points and is 25/1 to win the tournament, will take on French 18th seed Gael Monfils in the fourth round after he overcame Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-0 6-3.
Elsewhere, British number one Kyle Edmund defeated Radu Albot 6-3 6-3 to set up a fourth-round clash with Roger Federer (9/4 – Tournament Winner), who ousted fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-3 6-4.
In the women's tournament, world number one Naomi Osaka's defence of her Indian Wells title was ended in round four by Belinda Bencic, with the Japanese losing 6-3 6-1.
Romanian Simona Halep, who is second in the WTA rankings, also exited the tournament after she was beaten 6-2 3-6 6-2 by Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova.
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