INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 14: Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates match point against Alexander Zverev of Germany in their third round match during day nine of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 14, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Kyrgios Sends Defending Champ Packing

INDIAN WELLS, Calif -- In one of the most anticipated matches of this year's BNP Paribas Open, Nick Kyrgios took out defending champ Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

Firing on all cylinders, 21-year-old Kyrgios broke early in the first set as the Serb struggled to hold serve. He kept the pressure on the No. 2 seed, closing out the set 6-4. In the second set, both players held serve as they sent the set to the tie-break, where Kyrgios jumped on an early lead and closed out the match 6-4, 7-6(3), snapping Djokovic's 19-match Indian Wells winning streak in the California desert.

"Well, the run was amazing," reflected Djokovic during his post-match presser. "I am very proud of it, obviously. It had to end at some stage. Unfortunately, it was today."

One of the best defenders in the game, Djokovic had trouble neutralizing Kyrgios's serves. The No. 15th seed was stingy with the break point opportunities, while Djokovic spent most of the time in the match fighting off Krygios from breaking his serves.

Djokovic seemed to be struggling with the conditions, not serving and returning well throughout the match.

"It's his style. There is not many players like him on the tour, and, you know, he plays a certain way, and talks and behaves a certain way, which is characteristic for him. Obviously it works," said Djokovic.

This is the Aussie's second win over Djokovic in about two weeks as he defeated him in the Acapulco quarterfinals in early March. In that match, Kyrgios outplayed the top seed, serving 25 aces.

Kyrgios now awaits the winner of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. There are all in the quarter that has been dubbed the 'Quarter of Death' or the toughest draw of all time.

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