Deserting the Desert; Djokovic, Halep, Osaka, Nishikori & Cilic all out!

Well, Tuesday was a hell of a day at Indian Wells.

The odd upset comes as a surprise but to see Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic pack their bags on the same day was quite a surprise.

The biggest shock came from Novak Djokovic. It had been 10 years since Philip Kohlschreiber last beat the Serb and this was a shock but the German who is now 35 has always been a tricky customer and secured his first win against a number one ranked player.

The performance was fantastic and for Novak there are still questions to be asked. He did however not long ago his loss come out to play doubles with Fognini and lost his cool at on point but progressed to the semi-finals.

Simona Halep… I said in a preview piece this isn’t season defining but I never felt like we were going to see her best or see her produce tennis that would make her a contender. I said the other day her serve is off and it would trip her up and it did!

Naomi Osaka is another tricky one. Number one player in the world but since Melbourne hasn’t looked sharp and all this off-court noise has affected her game. Belinda Bencic went for it as she won her 11th match in a row and looked to want it more. I saw people said Naomi had an off day but performance wise it lacked desire.

Kei Nishikori was in good form grinding out results but from a set up and a couple of games away from the win he fell to 22 year old Hurkacz with the Pole making the fourth round.

Finally, Marin Cilic… when is a surprise not a surprise is the question? By ranking it is but by from it isn’t. The Croat has struggled this year and with Denis showing us at Indian Wells how well he can play it is a shock but it isn’t. I’m interested to see where he goes now because it clearly isn’t working for him.

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