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Del Potro dumps Ferrer, Cilic crashes out

AFP  |  Indian Wells 

continued his dominance over to book a spot in the Indian Wells fourth round as second seed suffered a shock loss.

World No. 8 Del Potro extended his win streak over the Spaniard to five straight matches, winning 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) at hardcourt tournament here Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Del Potro improved to 7-6 overall against Ferrer and his five consecutive victories date back to quarter-finals.

"We always play tough matches. I got lucky," said Del Potro. "I played really well in the tiebreak and served well in the important moments."

Del Potro will next face fellow Argentinian Leonardo Mayer, who defeated Japanese 6-4, 6-1.

Del Potro is playing some of his best in years as he improved to 13-3 on the season. In January he returned the top 10 for the first time since 2014.

He is fresh off winning his 21st career title earlier this month in when he steamrolled his way into the final by beating three top 10 players in a row.

He capped off his run by beating South Africa's 6-4, 6-4 in the championship game.

Del Potro, the 2013 Indian Wells finalist, hammered six aces and won 87 percent of his first-serve points in the one hour, 46 minute match against Ferrer.

He says he is eager to get back to the final and lift the trophy in the desert.

"It is one of my dreams to win this title. I have been in the final and the semis but I have never held the trophy," he said.

Elsewhere, world number three Cilic became another top seed casualty, losing in straight sets to Germany's 6-4, 6-4.

The 29-year-old Cilic, who reached the finals of two of the last three Grand Slams, dropped to a record of 10-4 on the season.

Kohlschreiber advances to the fourth round where he will play unseeded who won his third round match when fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils retired in the second set with a lower back

Cilic blasted five aces but couldn't overcome Kohlschreiber's strong serving game. The German won 76 percent of his first serve points and broke Cilic's serve twice, once in each set.

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Kohlschreiber said he tried to get the match over as quickly as possible.

"I felt good. I played aggressive. I played well in the crucial moments and on the big points," Kohlschreiber said. "I think another key factor was that it was a two-set win."

Kohlschreiber is now 7-4 overall against Cilic. He has won three out of their last four meetings, including a straight set victory in the final in on clay in 2012. He won their first meeting on hardcourt in in 2007.

In other third round matches, Canadian No. 1 Milos Raonic beat Portugal's 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 and of the rallied to outlast 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 10:10 IST