|Novak Djokovic in action against Alejandro Gonzalez, on Tuesday
Indian Wells: Normal service resumed at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday when Novak Djokovic safely booked his place in the fourth round of the men’s draw and Li Na moved into the women’s quarter finals.
Djokovic had a little hiccup when he dropped the second set of his match with Colombia’s Alejandro Gonzalez but was otherwise untroubled in winning 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
“I thought I played really well from the start,” said Djokovic, a two-time champion at Indian Wells.
“Then suddenly I just had a big loss of concentration and allowed him to win the second set for no reason. I bounced back better in the third.”
While the Serbian was not at his best, Djokovic did at least survive to fight another day in the Californian desert after the shock losses of world No. 1 Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova on Monday.
Djokovic’s next opponent is the big-serving Croatian Marin Cilic, who recorded his 20th win this season with a 6-4, 6-3 over Spain’s Tommy Robredo.
Li, promoted to the women’s top seed after winning the Australian Open and in the absence of Serena Williams, beat Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1, 6-4 but only after a extraordinary final game where she struggled to close out the match.
Li raced through the opening set in just over half an hour then recovered from 3-0 down to serve for the match at 5-4 when she suddenly got the wobbles.
The final game lasted 20 minutes as Li squandered 10 match points and took her tally of double-faults for the match to nine before she finally sealed the win.
“I only can say: Welcome to the crazy women’s tennis Tour,” she told the crowd in a courtside interview.
“I think all the match I was feeling pretty good, except the last game,” Li was quoted as saying on the WTA website. (reuters)