Aussie Nick Kyrgios beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets at Indian Wells on Wednesday to send the defending champion crashing out of the BNP Paribas Open.
Kyrgios beat the Serbian 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) in and hour and fifty minutes, as Djokovic struggled to make headway against the Australian’s serve.
Throughout the match Kyrgios out served Djokovic, hitting 14 aces to three to dump the former world number one out and reach the last eight.
A frustrated Djokovic smashed his racquet after losing the first set, but could find no way through against the Australian’s serve, only earning his first deuce in the 10th game of the second set.
With no breaks, it went to a tiebreak and Kyrgios sailed through 7-3 to power into the quarter-finals.
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Kyrgios will now face Australian Open champion Roger Federer after he defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3.
The Swiss defeating Nadal in just over an hour to record a third straight win over the Spaniard for the first time ever.
Also into the last eight is Federer’s compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who enjoyed a mighty scare against the unseeded Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka.
Wawrinka lost the first set 6-3, before winning the second by the same margin before Nishioka served twice for the match at 5-4 and 6-5. Wawrinka, though managed to hold on and eventually squeezed through in the tiebreak (7-4).
In other fourth-round action, Pablo Cuevas of Argentina upset 11th seed David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, while Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain beat Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 7-6, (7-5).