(Reuters) – Philipp Kohlschreiber upset second seed Marin Cilic 6-Four 6-Four to advance to the fourth spherical within the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Tuesday.
Cilic’s greatest weapon, his booming serve, lacked its traditional accuracy and the German Kohlschreiber was in a position to management lengthy rallies, pushing the towering Croatian across the courtroom with pinpoint groundstrokes en path to a fast victory.
Cilic, runner-up at this yr’s Australian Open, solely managed to place 51 % of his first serves in play and was unable to transform any of his 4 break-point alternatives.
It’s the third time that Kohlschreiber has reached the fourth spherical on the event within the California desert and his seventh victory over Cilic in 11 profession conferences.
The event’s quantity 31 seed will subsequent face Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who superior earlier on Tuesday after his countryman Gael Monfils was compelled to retire from their match as a consequence of again ache.
Reporting by Rory Carroll; Enhancing by Toby Davis