Indian Wells: What Novak Djokovic postponement means for Nadal, Federer, Venus Williams


Play had to be stopped at around 8.22pm local time amid adverse weather conditions, with Djokovic and Kohlschreiber sitting courtside briefly before being ushered into the locker room.

Rain fell for a good hour in the Californian desert before tournament organisers suspended play for the day at approximately 9.38pm.

The World No 1 will continue his match – which he led 1-0 – against his German opponent on Tuesday.

And that means the order of play has had to be shifted to allow Djokovic’s to continue his Stadium Court clash on what will be day nine of the event.

That means Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Venus Williams will all be on centre court back-to-back.

First up, Kiki Bertens will take on Garbine Muguruza.

That will be followed by Nadal’s third-round tie with Diego Schwartzman, with Djokovic continuing his showdown with Kohlschreiber after that.

Venus Williams then takes on world No 97 Mona Barthel in the fourth game on court.

The night session, which begins at 6pm, will be kickstarted by Federer as he faces Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka.

And to end the night, Angelique Kerber will face Aryna Sabalenka.

Djokovic, meanwhile, has been warned by tennis pundit and ex-WTA player Daniela Hantuchova that Kohlschreiber is a real threat to him.

Hantuchova said on Amazon Prime: “Novak has got to be careful because the way we’ve seen Philipp play in this tournament so far, it’s been great.

“He’s got so much experience. He’s been around for so long and his one-handed backhand is one of the most beautiful on the tour.

“He’s been super solid, especially in his last match against Nick Kyrgios.

“He’s also trying to come in much more which is something I haven’t seen in Philipp’s game for quite some time. I think Novak has to be really ready for this one.”

Djokovic was the pre-tournament favourite to win the Indian Wells Masters. He is seeking a sixth success at the event, which would make him the all-time most successful player in its history.

Indian Wells Masters Day Nine Stadium Court order of play (11am start)

(7) Kiki Bertens vs Garbine Muguruza (20)

followed by

(25) Diego Schwartzman vs Rafael Nadal (2)

followed by

(1) Novak Djokovic vs Philipp Kohlschreiber

followed by

Venus Williams vs Mona Barthel

Not before 6pm

Stan Wawrinka vs Roger Federer (4)

Not before 8pm

Aryna Sabalenka (9) vs Angelique Kerber (8)

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