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Djokovic suffers defeat at Indian Wells

13th March 2019, 08:01 by Tom McGarry

Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of the Indian Wells Masters with a straight sets loss against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The Serbian had been expected to see off his German opponent in Tuesday's third-round clash, as he had won the past seven meetings between the pair, but he fell short of his usual high standards and lost 6-4, 6-4.

Djokovic broke his racquet in frustration after losing the first set but he had no complaints about the defeat after the match, with his focus now turning to next week's Miami Open.

"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 said.

"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's reward for reaching round four at Indian Wells will be a clash with France's Gael Monfils, who romped past Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-0 6-3 in his third-round match.

Britain's Kyle Edmund is also through to the fourth round following his 6-3 6-3 triumph over Radu Albot and his reward for reaching the last 16 will be a showdown with 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, who beat fellow Swiss player Stan Wawrinka 6-3 6-4 in round three.

Rafael Nadal, who is the highest-ranked player left in the tournament following Djokovic's exit, also eased into round four after seeing off Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-1 6-4.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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