|Djokovic advances in Indian Wells
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic defeated Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 to reach the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday with his 20th consecutive victory.
Djokovic trailed 5-3 in the first set when the 21-year-old Bulgarian committed six double-faults, including four in one game, to help the Serb force the tiebreaker. Djokovic won it on a backhand error by the youngest player remaining in the draw, AP reports.
Djokovic moves on to play Sam Querrey, a 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-9), 7-5 winner over Marinko Matosevic.
Djokovic hasn't lost since Oct. 31 — he's 15-0 in 2013 — when Querrey beat him at the Paris Masters. Querrey is poised to take over as the top-ranked American in the men's game — albeit not in the top 10.
Also, Mardy Fish lost 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-0) to No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
"I really felt the match could have been a completely different scoreline pretty easily," Fish said. "That's why you're a little disappointed."
Tsonga has beaten Fish all four times they have played. The Frenchman next plays 17th-seeded Milos Raonic, who outlasted Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.