World No.1 Novak Djokovic looked a bit suspect in the opening rounds and with 8th see Jo-Wilfried Tsonga playing some exceptional tennis this week, their quarter-final match at the BNP Paribas Maters looked set to go either way. It was not to be though as Djokovic put paid to his critics and proved why he is the best player in the world with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-1 thrashing of the Frenchman in just 54 minutes. Djokovic will face 7th seed Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals of Indian Wells on Saturday. Del Potro fought back from a set down in the last of the men’s quarterfinals to pull off an upset against 3rd seed Andy Murray 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1 in just over 2½ hours.
The Djokovic-Tsonga match got off to a good start with the Serb finding his mojo almost immediately. Tsonga, too was striking the ball well in the early exchanges. However, in a bid to outdo the champion and hit winners, the Frenchman committed a flurry of unforced errors to gift a break to the top seed for a 4-2 lead. The world no.8’s game continued to unravel as two games later the 6 time Grand Slam champion broke once again to claim the first set 6-3.