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Djokovic ends Gonzalez run to set up Cilic tie

ESPN staff
March 11, 2014
Novak Djokovic will face Marin Cilic in the fourth round at Indian Wells © AP

Novak Djokovic defeated Alejandro Gonzalez 6-1 3-6 6-1 on Tuesday, ending the Colombian's surprising run to the third round at Indian Wells.

Djokovic, a two-time champion in California, earned the only two breaks of the third set, including a seven-deuce game that he closed out with a clever backhand drop volley.

Gonzalez had never won an ATP Tour-level match in six tries before Indian Wells. He won third-set tiebreakers in his first two matches here before keeping the world No.2 on the court for just over one-and-a-half hours.

Djokovic had 28 winners to 11 for Gonzalez, who also had 23 unforced errors. The Serb plays 24th-seed Marin Cilic in the fourth round, who beat 16th-seed Tommy Robredo 6-4 6-3.

In other men's matches, Fernando Verdasco beat No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet 7-6 (5) 6-1 and Roberto Bautista Agut beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-2 4-6 7-6 (6).

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com

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