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Doubles success helps ease Djokovic´s Indian Wells disappointment

13 March 2019 12:11

Novak Djokovic has turned his focus to the doubles following his singles exit at the hands of Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Indian Wells Masters on Tuesday.

Five-time champion Djokovic suffered a shock 6-4 6-4 defeat against the German in California, the top seed unable to see off Kohlschreiber when they resumed after a rain delay on Monday.

Kohlschreiber converted three of his four break chances on the Djokovic serve, and successfully served out for a fourth-round place at the second attempt.

Defeat was hard to take for Djokovic – who returned to win in the doubles later on Tuesday – but he was not dwelling on it, particularly with another big tournament on the horizon.

"I don't enjoy losing, nobody does, but especially in a tournament like this, a tournament where I have had plenty of success in the past," he said.

"I thought I was in good form. I was practising well. But it just happens, one of those days.

"You just have to deal with it, move on, turn the next page.

"Miami is the next tournament singles-wise for me, [but] I'm going to try to go all the way here in doubles. I'm really excited about that and [will] get some good practice in."

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