BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2014
Djokovic Wins In Three Sets; Cilic First To 20 Match Wins
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
Second seed Djokovic, who lifted the 2008 (d. Fish) and 2011 (d. Nadal) trophies, cruised past Alejandro Gonzalez 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday afternoon. Gonzalez had lost all six of his ATP World Tour matches prior to the tournament. Djokovic had his serve broken at 3-4 in the second set.
“It took me a little bit [of time] to get used to his game," said Djokovic. "But I thought I played really well from the start… Then suddenly I just had a big loss of concentration and allowed him to win the second set for no reason. [I] bounced back better in the third.
“But I obviously cannot allow myself to have these particular concentration lapses in the match at this level – especially in the next match when I'm playing Cilic, a guy who is in really good form and I think has gotten better in last couple of months working with [Goran] Ivanisevic. So I'm going to have to be on top of my game throughout the whole match in order to win it.
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Cilic, the No. 24 seed, went on a five game run to break open a set and 3-0 lead against the 16th-ranked Robredo, and served out the 6-4, 6-3 victory after 82 minutes.
Djokovic leads Cilic 7-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
Djokovic said, "I've played him several times on different surfaces. We haven't played each other for quite a long time." They last met in August 2012 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
"He's more aggressive," said Djokovic. "He's using his serve as a big advantage nowadays, and also I feel like he's moving better on the court. I have been watching him playing some big matches. He won against [Andy] Murray in Rotterdam in straight sets. He can definitely can play. And not just play, I mean, he can win against top players. That's why I do not even for a second underestimate him.
"I'm coming into the match knowing that I'm going to have to be playing on top of my game in order to win that match. I'm going to get myself ready for it."
Cilic, a former World No. 9, has lost just once in his past 17 matches. He reached three straight finals in February, winning titles in Zagreb (d. Haas) and Delray Beach (d. Anderson) around a runner-up finish in Rotterdam (l. to Berdych).