03/11 22:50 CDT Djokovic, Jankovic win at Indian Wells
Djokovic, Jankovic win at Indian Wells
AP Sports Writer
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) --- Facing an opponent he had never seen play, Novak
Djokovic relied on some old-fashioned word of mouth.
Asking around the locker room and getting some intel from his coach, Djokovic
went out and beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday, ending the
Colombian's surprising run to the third round at the BNP Paribas Open.
"It took me a little bit to get used to it," Djokovic said. "You've got new
faces and new players who are able to challenge the top guys, and this is good
for the sport. It also makes us work harder and improve trying to get our game
to a high level because the guys are coming up."
Djokovic, a two-time champion at Indian Wells, earned the only two breaks of
the third set, including a seven-deuce game that he closed out with a clever
backhand drop volley.
John Isner, the lone American remaining in the men's draw, defeated Lu Yen-hsun
of Taiwan 6-4, 6-3 to reach the fourth round. Isner fired 13 aces, hit 32
winners and gained the only two breaks of the match. Lu managed just nine
winners and never had a break point against Isner.
Top-seeded Li Na played Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada in a late match.
Gonzalez had never won an ATP Tour match in six tries before Indian Wells. He
won third-set tiebreakers in his first two matches here before keeping the
world's second-ranked man on the court for just over 1 hours.
"I just had a big loss of concentration and allowed him to win the second set
for no reason," Djokovic said. "Bounced back better in the third, but I
obviously cannot allow myself to have these particular concentration lapses in
the match at this level."
Djokovic had 28 winners to 11 for Gonzalez, who also had 23 unforced errors in
his first Masters 1000 event.
Djokovic next plays 24th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, who beat 16th-seeded
Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3. The Serb is the highest remaining seed left after
top-seeded Rafael Nadal was upset by Alexandr Dolgopolov a day earlier.
Jelena Jankovic routed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals
in a matchup of former tournament champions and No. 1-ranked players.
Jankovic next plays second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat 22nd-seeded
Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-3.
Jankovic made the quarterfinals for the first time since winning the Indian
Wells title in 2010, when she beat Wozniacki. The Dane won the title in 2011
and lost to Maria Sharapova in last year's final.
But she offered little resistance against Jankovic, who raced to a 5-0 lead in
the second set before Wozniacki held at 40-love to avoid getting shut out in
front of her fiance, golfer Rory McIlroy.
"I kind of found my way, found my rhythm, and I was striking the ball very well
out there and took control of the points," Jankovic said. "I just did not let
her play what she plays. That was very important."
Jankovic was the world's top-ranked player in 2008. Wozniacki reached the top
spot in 2010; she's now No. 12. Jankovic, who is ranked eighth, was the first
top-10 player Wozniacki has faced so far this year.
Jankovic ended a five-match skid against Wozniacki, with the Serb having
recovered from a back problem that occurred in her match two nights earlier.
Jankovic didn't hit on Monday and felt too stiff to put her shoes on.
"I went on court today not knowing how I was going to feel, if I was going to
be limited with my movement or if I was going to play my game," she said. "But
I did and I was surprised."
Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi failed to build on her upset of defending
champion Maria Sharapova, losing to countrywoman Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-1.
American Lauren Davis withdrew from her match against qualifier Casey Dellacqua
of Australia because of a gastrointestinal illness. Dellacqua advanced to the
quarters against No. 6 seed Simona Halep of Romania, who beat Eugenie Bouchard
of Canada, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.
In other men's matches, 30th-seeded Fernando Verdasco beat No. 8 seed Richard
Gasquet, 7-6 (5), 6-1; and Roberto Bautista Agut beat Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2,
4-6, 7-6 (6).