Kohlschreiber stuns Djokovic at Indian Wells, Rafa, Federer advance

Kohlschreiber stuns Djokovic at Indian Wells, Rafa, Federer advance

Rojer and Tecau came up big when needed most in the second set as they broke Djokovic and Fognini in the third and seventh game to force a decider.

"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.

Djokovic was playing his first tournament since lifting a record seventh Australian Open title in January and had won eight of nine prior meetings with Kohlschreiber, but he could find no answer for the German in a 6-4, 6-4 loss.

Kohlschreiber's only prior win over Djokovic came back in 2009, a three-set victory at Roland Garros.

Djokovic remains alive in doubles with partner Fabio Fognini.

He said: "Whatever the problems were with Djokovic, whether he is less than 100 per-cent medically or whether the off-court politics have got to him - who knows, Kohlschreiber has beaten him. You just have to deal with it, move on, turn the next page".

"Miami is the next tournament singles-wise for me, [but] I'm going to try to go all the way here in doubles". "I love playing doubles".

"I was running too much and too defensive", the Romanian said to media. "I'm not at my highest level, but slowly building, and hopefully I'll be able to peak in Miami".

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Five-time Indian Wells champion, Novak Djokovic suffered a pre-mature exit when he lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in round 3 of the tournament on Tuesday.

"It's a very special moment", Kohlschreiber said. "I would say after 3-all in the first set I felt like getting closer to the set, holding my service games, which is not easy against Novak, because he's such a great returner", Kohlschreiber said. "But it's everything I could do today". She'll next face No. 8 Angelique Kerber, who beat No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

"I lose to (Kohlschreiber) and get absolutely shredded "same old Kyrgios" how about the guy is just good?"

"When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn't happen in singles".

Former world number ones Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza made it into the quarter-finals.

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

World number two Nadal stayed on track to improve that number as he swept past Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1 to reach the last 16.

This win was her first victory over a No. 1 not named Williams.