Djokovic through to fourth round

World number one Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 7-5. 

Djokovic looked in superb form early on in the first set as he raced out to a 4-1 lead after breaking Kohlschreiber in the fourth game. However, the German fought back and brought himself level at 5-5.

Djokovic would go on to clinch the first set though after breaking Kohlschreiber in the 12th game. 

The second set was a similar story as Djokovic broke Kohlschreiber en route to taking a 4-2 lead before the 27th seed broke back to level things up at 5-5. Once again, Djokovic proved to be too much for Kohlschreiber to handle when it mattered and the Serb wrapped up the match to set up a fourth round clash with 18th seed Feliciano Lopez, who beat Spanish compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(5), 6-7 (10), 6-4.

Rafael Nadal meanwhile will face Alexander Zverev in the fourth round after he downed Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 7-6 (9)

Nadal cruised through the first set as he broke Verdasco on three occasions to clinch the opener 6-0. However, it was a different story in a second set which began with four consecutive breaks. Normal service was resumed and a tiebreaker was required from which Nadal emerged victorious 11-9.

Japanese ace Kei Nishikori also booked his spot in the fourth round after defeating Steve Johnson 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5).

The world number six found himself trailing early on in the first set before he came roaring back and set up a tie-break, which he won 8-6.

The second set was a much closer affair as Nishikori and Johnson traded blows until another tie-break was needed to separate the duo. As was the case in the first set, Nishikori came out on top and will now face ninth seed John Isner in the fourth round after the American triumphed over Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 7-6(4).

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Dominic Thiem also progressed to the fourth round.

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