Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

1s Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are Ousted at Indian Wells

1s Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are Ousted at Indian Wells

"I know from that point on it's going to be a very interesting match".

Spain's Muguruza, a two-time Grand Slam champion now ranked 20th in the world, out-lasted seventh-ranked Kiki Bertens 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 while Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam victor, beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Kohlschreiber will face Gael Monfils in the pre-quarters.

The match between Djokovic and Kohlschreiber began on Monday but was delayed until Tuesday because of heavy rain. "So these are the rare occasions where I could potentially do well", Djokovic said.

The Australian Open champion was nowhere near his best against Kohlschreiber and commentator Nick Lester reckons off the court controversy could have played a role in his defeat. "But it is, I guess, part of the world that we are in, the world of tennis".

Shapovalov, seeded 24th at Indian Wells, beat the 2014 US Open champion 6-4 6-2 and will play Poland's Hubert Hurkacz next.

"She sort of came out there really aggressive", Osaka said.

But Djokovic and Fognini made a strong start to the match tie-break as they won five points in a row to take open a 6-1 lead. I'm very confident with my game right now.

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. I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be unsafe on the return - maybe take some rhythm away from Stan.

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"I felt good from the beginning", said Federer, who is coming off his 100th career title at Dubai last month.

"I had to get over it in an hour, because I played doubles", Djokovic added.

Coming into the match, Kohlschreiber had only beaten Djokovic once in his nine matches against each other.

Defending champion Osaka, who holds the USA and Australian Open titles, lost her fourth round match against Belinda Bencic, the 22-year-old Swiss world number 23, in just over an hour. Former Paris Masters finalist and Filip Krajinovic rolled past an in-form Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2. Nadal eased by 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1, while Federer defeated Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4. "For me, the plan worked".

In women's fourth-round matches, No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; and No. 7 Kiki Bertens was beaten by 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

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

Philipp Kohlschreiber in action at Indian Wells on 12 March 2019.

Unseeded Canadian Bianca Andreescu' run continues, upsetting 18th seed Wang Qiang of China 7-5, 6-2 to reach the final eight.

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