Five-time former champion Novak Djokovic was full of praise for Philipp Kohlschreiber after the German’s surprise victory on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open.
“I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber, but it wasn’t to be last night,” admitted Djokovic, after his 6-4, 6-4 loss to the German veteran.
“It was raining. But [it was] completely different conditions today. [The] ball bounces much higher. Obviously, he uses his spin very well. I wasn’t playing well. One of those days. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. He deserved to win.
“He’s been around for so many years, and he doesn’t really get overwhelmed by the occasion of playing on centre court or anything like that. He’s proven he can win against top guys. It’s not really a surprise… When he’s feeling the ball on a given day, he can really win against anybody on any surface for that matter.”