Djokovic Doubles Success: 'I Was Wondering Why This Didn't Happen In Singles'

Djokovic Doubles Success: 'I Was Wondering Why This Didn't Happen In Singles'

Both top seeds and world No. 1s were ousted at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.

"I had to get over it in an hour, because I played doubles", said Djokovic, cracking a smile. In Kitzbuhel, he has a 18-9 match record (.667) - and on his most recent tournament appearance in 2018, he played a match on his wedding day. "So these are the rare occasions where I could potentially do well", Djokovic said.

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. But I feel pretty good right now, because I tried my best and I don't really have any regrets.

"She forced the issue on every point, didn't make a lot of errors, played defensively when she had to, played offensively", Williams said of her German opponent, ranked No. 97.

Kohlschreiber, who arrived at Indian Wells on a three-match losing streak, will face France's Gael Monfils for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone", Djokovic said.

Vondrousova, who beat 2018 runner-up Daria Kasatkina and former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko on the way to the fourth round, will go for another big win when she faces sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who battled to a 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Australian Ashleigh Barty.

"It's a very special moment", Kohlschreiber said.

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Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.

The 22-year-old will next face Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who continued his run of dominant serving without being broken on his way to an impressive 6-4 6-2 win over 10th seeded Croat Marin Cilic.

Two wayward forehands and a double fault from Djokovic helped Kohlschreiber to another break for a 5-2 lead.

The display of emotion didn't change anything as Kohlschreiber opened the second set with a service break and broke Djokovic again in the seventh game to give himself a chance to serve for the match.

Djokovic, however, ended the evening on a high as he - alongside Fabio Fognini of Italy - stormed into the semi-finals of the doubles event after they prevailed 7-6 2-6 10-6 over Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Roger.

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

Britain's Kyle Edmund beat Radu Albot 6-3 6-3 to reach the last 16.

Nadal defeated 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, 6-3, 6-1, Tuesday.

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