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June 28, 2022

Indian Wells: Djokovic into QFs; Gasquet too good for Roddick

Serbian Novak Djokovic made Davis Cup teammate and doubles partner Viktor Troicki the latest victim of his devastating run at the BNP Paribas Open, posting his second successive 6-0, 6-1 victory, Wednesday afternoon in Indian Wells, according to atpworldtour.com.

Djokovic recorded his third straight opening-set bagel, inclu­ding wins over Andrey Golubev and Ernests Gulbis in his first two matches, and has lost just six games total going into the quarter-finals. Troicki made the World No. 3 work for the victory in the 16-point final game, saving four match points and holding two break points.

“I don’t think I’m playing incredible tennis,” said Djokovic, quoted by atpworldtour.com. “I think I’m playing really, really solid and getting a lot of balls back into the court and making my opponent play an extra shot… I think he had a very bad match in general. But I was very solid, and I keep on playing well, so this is what makes me happy.”

In another game Gasquet needed one hour and 45 minutes to knock out World No. 8 and returning finalist Andy Roddick, 6-3, 7-6(5). Roddick staged a late comeback after falling behind a set and a break, getting back on serve at 4-all in the second set and earning three set points in the 12th game. Gasquet held to force a tie-break, and clinched the victory with a backhand winner off of Roddick’s serve.

Roddick has reached the quarter-finals at Indian Wells for six times until now.

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