Djokovic moves on; Murray, Wawrinka ousted in Cali desert
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Second-seeded Novak Djokovic earned a hard-fought victory Wednesday, while third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray suffered fourth-round upsets at the BNP Paribas Open.
Djokovic, who titled here in 2008 and 2011, advanced with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Croatia's Marin Cilic on the hardcourts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Tenth-seeded Canadian slugger Milos Raonic fought back to best the fifth- seeded British star Murray, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, in 2 hours, 9 minutes on the hardcourts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The big-serving Raonic ripped 15 aces before moving on and improving to 3-1 lifetime against Murray, who struggles with the Canadian's serve.
Raonic broke Murray in the second set to level the match and wound up winning five of the last six games in the third set on Day 7.
Murray, who has failed to reach a final in his first five tournaments this year, was a runner-up at this ATP Masters 1000 event in 2009.
Up next for Raonic will be 28th-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who vanquished 13th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 in 76 minutes to reach the quarterfinals in the California desert.
Dolgopolov stunned world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the third round here on Monday, this after finishing as a runner-up to Nadal in Rio de Janeiro three weeks ago.
Wawrinka, meanwhile, had his 13-match winning streak in 2014 halted by South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who recorded his 150th match win with a 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-1 triumph over the third-seeded Wawrinka of Switzerland.
Another Swiss star awaits Anderson in the next round in the form of four-time Indian Wells champ Roger Federer.
The former No. 1 great Federer cruised past Germany's Tommy Haas Wednesday, claiming a 6-4, 6-4 victory in 1 hour, 24 minutes.
American John Isner, a runner-up at this event two years ago, secured a 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-3 win over Spain's Fernando Verdasco, while Latvia's Ernests Gulbis notched a 7-6 (7-0), 4-6, 6-2 victory against Verdasco's compatriot, Roberto Bautista Agut.
Also Wednesday, France's Julien Benneteau moved past Spain's Feliciano Lopez with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory.
03/13 03:09:41 ET