Novak Djokovic rallied to beat Marin Cilic 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday, avoiding the upsets that knocked out two other top-10 players.
According to OneNews, Djokovic didn’t face a break point on his serve after the first set in the baseline slugfest. He advanced to the quarterfinals against Julien Benneteau, a 6-3, 7-6 (4) winner over Feliciano Lopez.
“It was very tough. Marin was a far better player in the first 45 minutes. He was striking the ball incredibly well,” said Djokovic, who improved to 8-0 against Cilic. “I tried to stay calm and composed and believe that I could come back.”
Kevin Anderson upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1, and sixth-ranked Andy Murray joined Wawrinka on the sidelines, losing to big-serving Milos Raonic, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Anderson ended Wawrinka’s 13-match winning streak that included his first Grand Slam title in January. Wawrinka didn’t face a break point in his first two matches, but he got broken in his first service game against the 6-foot-8 Anderson, who had 11 aces and connected on 64 percent of his first serves.
“I was complaining a lot about my serve, about the way I was playing, and with that, I don’t deserve to win matches,” Wawrinka said. “I should have been more positive with myself, just trying to find solution because it was still a close match.”
After losing the first set tiebreaker, Wawrinka left the court for nearly eight minutes to have his back worked on. He returned and broke Anderson twice in taking the second set to even the match.
“It’s just tightness,” he said, insisting he wasn’t injured. “I was a little bit nervous and tight and tired.”