Novak Djokovic was made to work hard again at the BNP Paribas Open as he sealed his spot in the fourth round.
The Serbian world number one won in straight sets against Philipp Kohlschreiber, but it was not as comfortable as it seemed.
Djokovic won 7-5 7-5 but struggled to maintain his authority over the contest at times as he was made to earn every point against his spirited German opponent.
Kohlschreiber managed a break in the first set but was broken twice by Djokovic despite a strong serving performance from both sides of the net.
In the second, Djokovic lost his break advantage, only to win it back in the crucial, match-winning last game.
Kohlschreiber’s 29 unforced errors, compared to Djokovic’s 23, proved instrumental in his loss.
Djokovic now boasts an 8-1 head-to-head record against the German world number 30 and progresses to the fourth round, where he will play Feliciano Lopez.
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