Djokovic and Li advance at Indian Wells

Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:03am EDT
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(Reuters) - Normal service resumed at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells 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 number one 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.

"I obviously cannot allow myself to have these particular concentration lapses in the match at this level especially in the next match when I'm playing Cilic, a guy who is in really good form and I think has gotten better in last couple of months working with (Goran) Ivanisevic."

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.   Continued...

Mar 11, 2014; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) during his match against Novak Djokovic (SRB) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Djokovic won 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports