World number 3 Marin Cilic never had good results at Indian Wells and he will stay on only one quarter-final after 2018 as well after a 6-4 6-4 defeat to Philipp Kohlschreiber in an hour and 23 minutes. This was their 11th meeting and the seventh win for the German who saved all four break points he faced to keep the pressure on Marin.
The Croat lost just 12 points in 10 service games but he lost serve once in each set to hand the win to his rival who converted every break point he had to score an important triumph and reach the last 16 for the first time since 2011.
It was a high-quality match and both players had more winners than unforced errors and also a fluid one, with deuces in just three games. Marin held at 15 with a service winner in the opening game but Philipp made an even better start, winning 12 of the next 14 points to move 3-1 ahead, serving well and breaking Cilic at love in game three.
The Croat had a chance to pull the break back in game six, creating two break points but wasting them with a poor forehand and return, allowing Philipp to escape and move 4-2 ahead. Returners won just one point in the last four games and Kohlschreiber claimed the set with a service winner in game 10 for a 6-4 after 38 minutes of play.
Cilic had the edge at the start of the second set, with two break points up for grabs in the second game and he was denied by two winners from Philipp who will face no more break points until the end of the match. The decisive moment came in game seven when the German broke thanks to a poor forehand from Marin, cementing his advantage with a service winner in game eight.
Philipp sealed the deal with a service winner in game 10, happy with the way he performed and eager to continue in the same style against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Third round results: