After dropping a set against Alejandro Gonzalez Tuesday Novak Djokovic knows he will have to raise his game if he wants to go beyond the 8th finals of the Masters 1000 Indian Wells.
The first Masters 1000 of the year confirms that the Australian Open, won by Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, had suggested: the revolution started and royalty may tremble.
Djokovic has not gone by the wayside since the 3rd round unlike Rafael Nadal on Monday, but the Serb has received a serious warning from a Colombian 25 years, global 91st.
Djokovic won in three 6-1 innings, 3-6, 6-1.
“I do not know anything, it took me some time to adjust to his game I started well but then I lost my concentration and offered him the second set,” Has he lamented.
If he had won his ticket to the 8th finals at Indian Wells for the 8th time in a row, Djokovic is expected to turn a serious customer, Croatian Marin Cilic, winner of the Spaniard Tommy Robredo.
The Serb has always won against the 26th player in the world in seven meetings, but the last game was in 2012.
Since Cilic enlisted the services of the former Croatian Goran Ivanisevic has won glory and in quick tournaments Zagreb and Delray Beach (United States).
“We’ll have to develop my best tennis to win this match,” warned “Djoko”.
“In today’s tennis players ranked from 10th to 20th place are as good at the game than the top 5. On a good day, they can beat anyone, it’s just a matter of confidence, “said the double champion of Indian Wells (2008, 2011).
Giorgi Does Not Confirm
In this ambitious new generation Djokovic, recently recommended by Boris Becker, range Latvian Ernest Gulbis and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov clashed Tuesday with a victory in the first (2-6, 6-1, 7-5) .
The only surprise of the day in the men’s draw was the elimination of the French and 9th World No.1 player Richard Gasquet by Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7/5), 6-1.
In the women’s draw, no surprise to identify: As feared, the Italian Camila Giorgi failed to confirm its great bang eve where she eliminated Russian Maria Sharapova, defending champion.
Giorgi, after qualifying, fell against her compatriot Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-1.
The duel between Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki, two former world No.1 and two former winners of the tournament in California, turned to the advantage of the Serbian (6-3, 6-1).
7th World face in the quarterfinals Polish Agnieszka Radwanska, head N.2 series, which dominated the French Alize Cornet.
The seeded No.1, China’s Li Na, was imposed without harm to Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1, 6-4.
Li find the Slovak Dominik Cibulkova, 13th World for a repeat of the final of the Australian Open in January won by the Chinese 7-6 (7/3), 6-0.