Nadal, Federer cruise as Djokovic departs

Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund reached the second round at Indian Wells in 2018

Serbian superstar Djokovic was playing his first tournament since lifting a record seventh title in Melbourne, taking his tally of Grand Slam victories to 15.

The Swiss icon eased into the fourth round by seeing off compatriot Stan Wawrinka in an hour, winning 6-3, 6-4.

"This decision was also made while communicating with players, tournament members, ATP staff and management, senior stakeholders in the game, CEOs and chairmen of other sports, as well as our fellow board members". Federer served and volleyed to wrap up the 28-minute set.The last time they met on hard court, at the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati last August, Wawrinka pushed Federer to three sets. Credit to Bjorn for coming out firing from every corner. One break in the first set sealed it, 6-4, and earned a smashed racket from the Serb. "I did a lot of things well", said Nadal, adding that despite his lopsided record over Schwartzman he considered the Argentine a formidable opponent, citing tough matches against him at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.

Kohlschreiber will not have long to celebrate, however, as the overnight interruption of his match against Djokovic for rain means he will be back on court for a fourth-round meeting with France's Gael Monfils on Wednesday.

Kyrgios, seeded 31st, was coming off a scintillating run to the Mexico Open title in Acapulco, where he defeated Nadal, ninth-ranked John Isner and, in the final, third-ranked German Alexander Zverev.


"I didn't really have a problem getting up".

"I think I played a very solid match", Nadal said.

"He's an incredible competitor", Kyrgios said.

The second seed maintained his flawless record against Schwartzman on Tuesday, reaching the last 16 thanks to a 6-3 6-1 victory. Which means a victory in this Phase of his career, the 35-year-old German from the Interviewer.

But Tsitsipas could find no answer to Auger-Aliassime, who broke early in the first to gain the upper hand and seized a 2-1 lead with the first of two breaks in the second.


A rasping backhand followed by an overhead volley gave the Spaniard a break in the first game of the set and he was a double break up when the Argentinean failed to return a backhand. "He didn't play his best Tennis, otherwise you will hit the number 1".

Auger-Aliassime, who next faces Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka, is one of four teens in the draw, along with countryman Denis Shapovalov, Alexei Popyrin and lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic.

He made the most of his chance, beating Germany's Maximilian Marterer, 6-3, 6-2, to reach the third round.

Eighth-seeded American John Isner made it safely through, downing Argentina's Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Russia's Karen Ahachanov, a 7-5, 6-3 victor over Russian lucky loser Andrey Rublev.


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