Struff stops Zverev, Djokovic rained out at Indian Wells

  • Struff stops Zverev, Djokovic rained out at Indian Wells

Struff stops Zverev, Djokovic rained out at Indian Wells

Alexander Zverev was eliminated at Indian Wells after feeling ill during his defeat to Jan-Lennard Struff.

The world number three missed out on a first title of the season when he was beaten by Nick Kyrgios in the Mexican Open final on March 3 and he will not be adding to his list of honours at Indian Wells. Struff and Raonic have split their two previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, with the German triumphing in Dubai just two weeks ago.Zverev had won all four of his previous FedEx ATP Head2Head matches against Struff, but all of those clashes came on clay. This is the first time that Struff has won three matches in the main draw of an ATP Masters 1000 event. Struff simply dominated the fellow German from start to finish, earning his first win over Zverev in six tries.

Struff produced the upset of the tournament thanks to his stunning 6-3 6-1 victory against Zverev.

"I think I just got unlucky, I got a virus somewhere and that s how it is".

There's a lot going for Struff in this match considering he already beat Raonic this year and looked absolutely possessed in his last match against a top-10 player.

"Now it s about getting healthy and about recovering and preparing myself for Miami, because Miami is the tournament I do well in, history-wise", he said. "I always loved the game and still love it. Tennis is my life", he said.

In the next round, Raonic will face another American, qualifier Marcos Giron, who is now ranked no. 215 in the world.

"I just kept missing opportunities".

He and McLachlan past year made the quarter-finals at the Mutua Madrid Open and Wimbledon and the semi-finals at the Australian Open and the Miami Open presented by Itau.

The duo were sent to the locker room and with no break in the weather in sight organizers suspended play for the night, with the match to resume on Tuesday.

The Croatian veteran will face Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who beat France's Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1.

Entertaining Frenchman Gael Monfils could be set for a showdown with Djokovic following his 6-0 6-3 win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

In other early matches, 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic defeated India s Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

The 19-year-old will take on Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka, who rallied from a set down to beat 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).