Djokovic advances at Indian Wells
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Second-seeded Novak Djokovic was a third-round winner on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open.
Djokovic, who titled here in 2008 and 2011, advanced with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez on the hardcourts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
American John Isner, the 12th-seed who was a runner-up at this event in 2012, cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in the final match of the night.
An upset came when 30th-seeded Spanish left-hander and one-time top-10 star Fernando Verdasco took out eighth-seeded sweet-swinging Frenchman Richard Gasquet, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.
Latvian 20th-seed Ernests Gulbis rallied from a first-set loss to take a 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 win against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
Meanwhile, surging 24th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic won for the 16th time in 17 matches by handling 16th-seeded former top-10 star Tommy Robredo, 6-4, 6-3. The capable Cilic captured two of his previous three events and was the runner-up at another.
Also on Day 6, Julien Benneteau of France handled Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, rising Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut outlasted 32-year-old veteran Finnish left-hander Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), and Spanish southpaw Feliciano Lopez overcame Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, at the first ATP Masters 1000 event of the year.
03/12 00:06:18 ET