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SPORTS
15 Mar 2012
DJOKOVIC INTO INDIAN WELLS QUARTERS BUT WOZNIACKI CRASHES OUT

World number one Novak Djokovic dropped his first set of the tournament before seeing off Spaniard Pablo Andujar in Indian Wells.

He went through 6-0 6-7 (7-5) 6-2 and in the quarter-finals will face another Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro, who upset seventh seed Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-0.

In the women's quarter-finals Ana Ivanovic beat the reigning champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-2.

Top seed Victoria Azarenka beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0 6-2.

"I am really impressed with the way I played," Azarenka said. "I didn't expect to win that way."

The Belarusian, who has now won all 21 of her matches in 2012, will face either China's Li Na or Angelique Kerber of Germany in the semis.

Ivanovic will meet Marion Bartoli of France.

Defending champion Djokovic took the first set without losing a game but was pegged back by Andujar's spirited fightback, which saw him take the second on a tie-break.

The 26-year-old could not keep up the pressure, however, and the Serb broke him in the first game of the third set before easing to victory.

"It's a fourth-round match and my opponent today is a really quality player who deserves to be at this stage of the tournament," said Djokovic.

"In the end, I was lucky to get through some points. I am happy to get through to the next round."

Recently deposed world number one Wozniacki was not quite so lucky and her defeat means she will drop out of the world's top four when the latest rankings are released next week.

"[Ivanovic] just went on a roll. She started to hit the ball harder and it was going in," the Dane said.

"I stepped back a little bit, and it gave her the time to do what she wanted."

Serbia's Ivanovic, the number 15 seed and another former world number one, said: "I was really looking for opportunities, and trying to come in as well whenever I had the chance and trying to step in from both sides and trying to stay calm in my serve and execute the way I was executing in practice.

"I really managed to do that well."

Later on Wednesday, Rafael Nadal faces Alexandr Dolgopolov, while Roger Federer takes on Thomaz Bellucci for a place in the last eight.

Meanwhile Michael Llodra who withdrew from his second-round match against fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga because of a knee injury, has been fined $2,500 (£1,600) by the ATP for an outburst on court.

The incident occurred during his opening match against Ernests Gulbis when he was heard by a reporter making racial remarks toward a group of fans.

A tournament spokesman says he was also verbally abusive toward the ball boys and girls.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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