World number one Novak Djokovic made light work of Feliciano Lopez to book his spot in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open, but other seeds were pushed considerably harder.
Djokovic, who has not always looked his best in California, downed the 18th-seeded Lopez in just over an hour to set up a quarter-final date with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Third seed Stan Wawrinka’s title charge was brought to an abrupt halt by 15th seed David Goffin. The Belgian registered a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5) victory, a result he described as the “best win” of his career, while Wawrinka labelled it a “match without a brain”.
Rafael Nadal, seeded fourth at Indian Wells, was forced to fight back from match point down to beat young gun Alexander Zverev. The German will be left wondering how he’s on his way home after squandering a 5-2 lead in the deciding set to crash out 7-6 (8), 0-6, 5-7.
Fifth seed Kei Nishikori too had to overturn an early deficit to progress, beating ninth seed John Isner 1-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5). Sixth seed Tomas Berdych had no such luck, going down 4-6, 7-6 (7) to Canadian Milos Raonic.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, seeded seventh, was too strong for Dominic Theim, winning 6-3, 6-2 . Other winners on Wednesday were Marin Cilic and Gael Monfils.
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