ATP Indian Wells: Nick Kyrgios bows out. Karlovic and Monfils move on

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ATP Indian Wells: Nick Kyrgios bows out. Karlovic and Monfils move on

Following a tremendous run in Acapulco where he defeated Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner and Alexander Zverev, the 31st seed Nick Kyrgios couldn't carry that form into Indian Wells, losing to Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 14 minutes.

The German veteran was the quarter-finalist here a year ago and he played an excellent match today, firing 27 winners and only 12 errors, fending off all five break points to mount the pressure on the Aussie. Nick stayed on a 26-26 ratio, serving at 73% but losing serve once in each set to end his journey after the opening match, unable to keep the pace with Philipp in the longer rallies.

Kyrgios had the opportunity to forge an early lead but wasted four break points in game four, getting broken at 3-3 to push Kohlschreiber in front and breaking a racquet in game ten after squandering a break point. Philipp lost just five points on serve in set number two and took four points in a row on the return in the fifth game of the second set to grab a break after a double fault from Nick.

Serving for the triumph at 5-4, the German landed a backhand down the line winner for a hold at love and the place in the last 32. The 18th seed Gael Monfils needed two hours to dismiss Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 for the fourth win over the Argentinian in five matches.

The Frenchman won eight points more than his opponent, suffering three breaks and stealing Mayer's serve four times from eight chances to notch the 95th Masters 1000 win. Gael made an impressive start, sailing through his service games and breaking Leonardo in game seven to take the opener 6-4.

The level of the seeded player suddenly dropped in set number two when Mayer clinched three breaks for a 6-3, setting up a decider that Monfils won with a single break in game four, moving over the top with a hold at love in game nine.

The 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic became the oldest Masters 1000 match winner on Thursday when he defeated Matthew Ebden and the veteran is still in the tournament after toppling the compatriot Borna Coric 6-4, 7-6 in an hour and 32 minutes.

Ivo achieved the third win over Borna in as many matches, firing 20 aces and playing against one break point. Coric managed to convert it although his serve wasn't there to support it, getting broken twice and trailing in the deciding tie break to propel Karlovic over the finish line.

Ivo found the rhythm on serve right from the start, waiting for a chance on the return and breaking Borna at love in game ten with a backhand lob winner for a 6-4. They traded breaks at the start of the second set (that was crucial for the veteran), serving well in the remaining games to set a tie break where Ivo claimed two mini-breaks for a 7-2, crossing the finish line with an ace to enter the last 32.