Bad day for No 1s: Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka upset at Indian Wells

The day was tough for players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, as Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the best players in the world, emerged from the desert.


Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third round match, suspended for rain the night before. The unqualified German toppled 6-4, 6-4 the five-time tournament champion.

Osaka lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour in the fourth round of the first title defense of hes career. "She is very aggressive," Osaka said. "She knew she wanted to do more than me."

Since Osaka won the title at Indian Wells a year ago, he has won the US and Australian opens. His triumph in Australia earned him first place for the first time, but his time at the top was tough. Osaka sacked his coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before facing a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins, who entered the field during the match.

"It's always a little complicated to change someone on the team, but I think in a first tournament we played very well," said Osaka. "We communicate well, so I think it's a big advantage, I do not think it's going to be difficult."

On Tuesday, Bencic's number 23 served and came back better.

Venus Williams qualified for the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel. The next will be No. 8 Angelique Kerber, who beat number 9 Aryna Sabalenka 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

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"I did not play a lot, so I wanted it to be worth it," said Williams, ranked 36th and hoping to play 12 tournaments this year. "I have to do what I want, and what I want is play the tournaments I want to play."

The bottom half of the men's draw still includes seed number two Rafael Nadal and fourth seed Roger Federer, both of whom won. Nadal calmed down with seeded Diego Schwartzman 25, 6-3, 6-1, while Federer defeated compatriot Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.

"In general, playing Stan was not easy," said Federer. "It's the same thing, so sometimes it's very uncomfortable." Djokovic is 8-1 against Kohlschreiber, who beat a # 1 player for the first time.

Kohlschreiber enjoyed the weather _ the sun and the temperatures in the 70's _ much better than the cold and rain of Tuesday night. "I enjoyed my chances against Kohlschreiber the night, but it was not the day before," Djokovic said. "Totally different conditions today, I congratulate him on playing very well tactically and getting out of my comfort zone, he deserved to win."

The 35-year-old German began to think he had a chance early in the first set when he survived a handful of decisive points in his service. "I would say that after the 3-all of the first set, I wanted to be closer to the set, to keep my games of service, which is not easy for Novak, because it is a big return , "said Kohlschreiber. "I know that from this moment it will be a very interesting match."

Djokovic only had 1 in 5 in break opportunities. Kohlschreiber has converted three of his four opportunities. The next step for Kohlschreiber is Gael Monfils, who holds a 13-2 record against the German.

Djokovic is still alive in doubles with his teammate Fabio Fognini. Djokovic came back about an hour after his defeat for his match. "When I had a good performance, I wondered why it had not happened in singles," he said.

They were also expelled under numbers 6 Kei Nishikori, 10 Marin Cilic and 14 Daniil Medvedev.

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


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