March 13, 2019 / 8:03 AM / 5 days ago

Djokovic keen to turn the page after Indian Wells exit

Mar 12, 2019; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Novak Djokovic (SRB) during his third round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Jayne Kamin-Oncea

(Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic struggled to find an explanation for his shock third round defeat by German Philipp Kohlschreiber at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, saying he wanted to quickly “turn the next page”.

Kohlschreiber, 35, stunned the top seed and five-times former champion 6-4 6-4 in Indian Wells, leaving the Serb to conclude it had just been “one of those days”.

“To be honest, I don’t enjoy losing, nobody does, but especially in a tournament like this, a tournament where I have had plenty of success in the past,” Djokovic told reporters.

“I thought I was in good form. I was practicing well. But it just happens, one of those days. You just have to deal with it, move on, turn the next page.”

The tournament in Indian Wells was Djokovic’s first since winning his seventh Australian Open title in January and the 31-year-old said he had already put the defeat behind him and turned his thoughts to next week’s Miami Open.

“I had to get over it in an hour, because I played doubles,” Djokovic added. “I must admit I was thinking about it... but it’s part of our world, and we just have to bounce back very quickly.

“Miami is the next tournament singles-wise for me. I’m not at my highest level, I know that... but hopefully I’ll be able to peak in Miami.”

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, Editing by Simon Jennings

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