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Novak Djokovic. Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images.

Novak Djokovic. Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images.

Novak Djokovic. Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images.

NORMAL service resumed at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells yesterday when Novak Djokovic safely booked his place in the fourth round of the men's draw and Li Na moved into the women's quarter-finals.

Djokovic had a little hiccup when he dropped the second set of his match with Colombia's Alejandro Gonzalez but was otherwise untroubled in winning 6-1 3-6 6-1.

"I thought I played really well from the start," said Djokovic, a two-time champion at Indian Wells.

"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."

While the Serbian was not at his best, Djokovic did at least survive to fight another day in the Californian desert after the shock losses of world number one Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova on Monday.

Djokovic's next opponent is the big-serving Croatian Marin Cilic, who recorded his 20th success this season with a 6-4 6-3 win over Spain's Tommy Robredo. "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."

Top seed Li beat Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1 6-4 but only after a extraordinary final game where she struggled to close out the match.

The final game lasted 20 minutes as Li squandered 10 match points and took her tally of double-faults for the match to nine before she finally sealed the win.

"I think all the match I was feeling pretty good, except the last game," Li told the crowd in a courtside interview.

"The funny thing was that in the beginning of the game I was feeling tight, nervous, and then I was like, 'What's going on? Why can't I finish the match?' and she wasn't giving up, and was defending so well. It was really tough. All I can say is wow, she saved a lot of match points. She's pretty good."

While Robredo lost to the towering Cilic, three of his compatriots all advanced with Fernando Verdasco upsetting world number nine Richard Gasquet of France 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to leave Djokovic as the only top-10 player left in the bottom half of the men's draw.

Roberto Bautista Agut held his nerve to beat Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-2 4-6 7-6 (8-6) to move on before Feliciano Lopez joined the Spanish Armada with a 1-6 6-3 6-4 defeat of Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

COMPOSED

In the women's draw, Serbia's Jelena Jankovic ended her five-match losing streak to Denmark's Carolina Wozniacki when she reeled off 10 consecutive games to win 6-3 6-1 and advance to the quarter-finals. Jankovic said: "I was pretty pleased with the way I played and how composed I stayed throughout the whole match."

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, the second seed, breezed past Alize Cornet of France 7-5 6-3 while Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova brushed aside the challenge of Petra Kvitova, beating the Czech 6-3 6-2.

Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi came back to Earth with a thud when she was thrashed 6-2 6-1 by compatriot Flavia Pennetta less than 24 hours after she stunned Sharapova.

Romania's Simona Halep qualified for the last eight with a hard-fought 6-2 1-6 6-4 win over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard after trailing 4-3 in the deciding set.


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