Novak Djokovic continues his hunt for a sixth Indian Wells title in the night session on Monday. The Serbian looked to be facing a possibly tricky matchup with an in-form Nick Kyrgios but instead he will play Philipp Kohlschreiber after the Germany was victorious in the previous round.
Kohlschreiber has been famed for his consistency, hanging in and around the top 40 for large parts of his career. He has very rarely troubled the elite in the game but is a dependable player you can count on to win a few rounds at a slam. His win over Kyrgios was impressive though, breaking once in each set of the 6-4 6-4 win.
Djokovic had another testing match against Bjorn Fratangelo, years after his three setter at this tournament. He came from a break down in the opening set, eventually beating the American 7-6 6-2. It proved an ideal match for the Serbian, who got a nice work out in extending his winning streak to 8. “I was a bit rusty in the first set. You know, I was kind of waiting for him to do something with the ball rather than doing it myself.” he said. “Obviously I was more relaxed in the second and played better.”
With a bit of controversy surrounding the recent ATP council decisions and Djokovic’s role in that, the world No.1 will be happy to get back to what he does best. He already holds an 8-1 record against the German and should extend that on a surface that plays to his strengths perfectly.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets