Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is the current world number one male tennis playerGetty

Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes on German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on 15 March, Tuesday.

Where to watch

The match is expected to start at 2am GMT (16 March in the UK). Live coverage of the game in the UK is available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Live scores and real time updates are available on the ATP World Tour's official website.

Overview

World number one Novak Djokovic will look to shake off rustiness as he takes on Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. The 28-year-old survived a scare against Bjorn Fratangelo in the second round, eventually winning 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

The defending champion, who has just returned from an eye injury, tends to play poorly in the early rounds of the tournament, conserving his energy and focus for the later and more important rounds. Djokovic is expected to win this encounter.

His opponent, Philipp Kohlschreiber, has had an average 2016 so far, reaching the semi-final of the Rotterdam Open while also finishing as a quarter-finalist at Sofia and Dubai. The 27th seed has not taken a set off Djokovic on a hard court surface since 2010 and will be hoping that the world number one has a bad day at the office.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Novak Djokovic to win: 1/9
  • Philipp Kohlschreiber to win:11/2

Head-to-Head

This will be the eighth time the duo face each other in ATP World Tour history, with Djokovic winning seven of those encounters. Their most recent game was at Wimbledon, with the Serbian winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

PNB Paribas Masters History

Djokovic and Kohlschreiber have played at the Indian Wells in the past, with the current world number one beating the German 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 way back in 2010.