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A bad day for seeded players at Indian Wells

Big scalp: Philipp Kohlschreiber reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic.

Big scalp: Philipp Kohlschreiber reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic.  

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Djokovic, Osaka and Halep bite the dust; Nadal and Federer cruise

It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world’s top-ranked players, ushered out in the desert.

Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match that was suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the five-time tournament champion 6-4, 6-4.

Osaka lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour in the fourth round of the first title defence of her career.

“She sort of came out there really aggressive,” Osaka said. “She sort of knew what she wanted to do more than me.” The 23rd-ranked Bencic served and returned better.

The bottom half of the men’s draw still includes No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Roger Federer, both of whom breezed to victory. Nadal eased by 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1, while Federer defeated Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.

“Overall it’s not been easy playing Stan,” Federer said. “He feels the same way, so that’s very awkward sometimes.”

Djokovic owned an 8-1 record against Kohlschreiber, who beat a No. 1 player for the first time.

Kohlschreiber liked the weather — sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s — much better than the cold and rain on Tuesday night.

“I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber, but it wasn’t to be last night,” Djokovic said. “Completely different conditions today. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. He deserved to win.”

Djokovic was just 1 for 5 on break-point opportunities. Kohlschreiber converted three of his four chances.

Also ousted were No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 10 Marin Cilic and No. 14 Daniil Medvedev.

In women’s fourth-round matches, No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

The results: Men (third round): Philipp Kohlschreiber bt Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4; Hubert Hurkacz bt Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Denis Shapovalov bt Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2; Kyle Edmund bt Radu Albot 6-3, 6-3; Roger Federer bt Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4; John Isner bt Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4; Karen Khachanov bt Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3; Filip Krajinovic bt Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2; Rafael Nadal bt Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1.

Women (fourth round): Belinda Bencic bt Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-1; Karolţna Pliskova bt Anett Kontaveit 7-6(0), 4-6, 6-2; Venus Williams bt Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-4; Angelique Kerber bt Aryna Sabalenka 6-1, 4-6, 6-4; Garbine Muguruza bt Kiki Bertens 5-7, 6-1, 6-4; Bianca Andreescu bt Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2; Elina Svitolina bt Ashleigh Barty 7-6(8), 5-7, 6-4; Marketa Vondrousova bt Simona Halep 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

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