Following impressive showings on both ends, one of the four quarter-final matches at the 2015 edition of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event will feature world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Australia’s Bernard Tomic in their first meeting in almost three years. Djokovic remains undefeated in the head-to-head series with a 3-0 record.
Faced with the tall task (literally) of beating American No. 1 John Isner at one of his favourite events, the top seed was able to do so without much of a fuss. The Serbian star earned the victory in straight sets, in a match that saw one break in the opening set and a tiebreak in the second to decide the match. Eventually, the content closed out 6-4, 7-6(5), with Djokovic strolling into the final eight.
“Throughout the match it was very difficult to break him, but I played a great game at 3-all in the first set and that gave me the first set,” said Djokovic. “And after that it was anybody’s game really. The second set went over 60 minutes. We were both very tight towards the end, and just very fortunate to go through it.”
The Serb will now come up against the resurgent Bernard Tomic, who defeated his fellow countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis in a match that went the distance. He withstood 10 aces from the 18-year-old and saved eight break points to close out the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
“He’s getting mentally more confident, more comfortable on the court,” said Djokovic. “He starts to believe even more. Perhaps also the success of Kokkinakis and [Nick] Kyrgios motivated him to really get serious and work, and the talent is there, the touch is there, he’s got a game. It’s going to be a tricky match for me.”
This marks the fourth time that Djokovic and Tomic will cross paths on the professional tour, with the Serb leading the series with an unblemished 3-0 record. While Tomic is playing some of the best tennis he has in recent memory, he simply does not have the tool t challenge an in-form Djokovic on hard court.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets
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