Novak Djokovic hopes for shot at in-form Nick Kyrgios at Indian Wells

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Novak Djokovic hopes for shot at in-form Nick Kyrgios at Indian Wells



Djokovic could face Kyrgios at Indian Wells (Picture: LatinContent/Getty Images)Novak Djokovic is hoping for the opportunity to take on in-form Australian Nick Kyrgios at Indian Wells.
The world No. 1 has not played competitive tennis since winning the Australian Open – his third straight Grand Slam victory – and will take on American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden has been a site for great joy in Djokovic’s career but it was also home to a real low point for the five-time champion last season, as he crashed out to Japan’s then world No. 109 Taro Daniel in his first match following elbow surgery.
It would be an even greater shock if the top seed was to fall at the same stage in 2019 but with Kyrgios a potential third-round opponent, it’s not foregone conclusion that the 31-year-old will land a record sixth title in California.

Kyrgios was in fine form in Acapulco (Picture: Getty Images)Kyrgios was back to his best in Acapulco last week and stunned Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner and Alexander Zverev to lift a first title of the season.
A victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round at Indian Wells would almost certainly place him in the path of Djokovic and Kyrgios would enter that clash boasting a 100% winning record against the top seed.
The 23-year-old Aussie defeated Djokovic in back-to-back tournaments in 2017, securing two narrow straight sets wins in Acapulco and Indian Wells.
It’s fair to say Djokovic was not at his ruthless best in what became a disappointing stretch in his career, but the 15-time Grand Slam champion would relish the opportunity to strike back this week.

Djokovic hopes to face Kyrgios (Picture: Getty Images)Djokovic said: ‘We’ve always been aware of his qualities and talent, and he’s got big weapons in his game: serve, obviously one of the best serves on the tour; big forehand and can play well on different surfaces.
‘It’s just whether he’s consistent or not, so that’s what we’re going to see.
‘I lost to him both times that I played against him. If I get a chance to play against him… I’ll look forward to that because he’s in-form. On the other hand, I started the season very well. I hope I can restart here where I stopped in Australia.’
British No. 2 Cameron Norrie tumbled out in round one, losing 6-3 6-2 to exciting Canadian talent Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Kyle Edmund was handed a bye to the second round, while Dan Evans will face three-time major winner Wawrinka having stormed through qualifying.

Wawrinka will face Evans again (Picture: Getty Images)Evans’ last meeting with Wawrinka was a memorable affair.
The Briton had a match point in a four-hour US Open classic against the Swiss in 2016 before eventually going down 4-6 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (10-8) 6-2.
Wawrinka went on to win the tournament but Evans, who has won 21 of his 26 matches this season, should provide a formidable test when the pair meet later on Friday.

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