Li, Radwanska and Djokovic through, Gasquet another casualty

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Updated: March 12, 2014

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Richard Gasquet was the only big third round casualty while Novak Djokovic, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska all moved on at Indian Wells.

Number 8 seed Richard Gasquet was sent packing by former top 10 player Fernando Verdasco. The Spaniard needed only 2 sets, beating the Frenchman 7/6, 6/1.

Double Indian Wells winner Novak Djokovic had to dig deep to overcome the challenge of Alejandro Gonzalez, 6/1, 3/6, 6/1, while 2012 runner up and local favourite John Isner dispatched Yen-Hsun Lu 6/4, 6/3.

In a battle of 2 Tour winners this season, Ernests Gulbis winner in Marseille defeated Mexicana champion Grigor Dimitrov, 2/6, 6/1, 7/5, while there were also third round wins for Feliciano Lopez, Julien Benneteau and Roberto Bautista.

One of the Tours form players this season Marin Cillic also booked his place in the fourth round with a 6/4, 6/3 win over Spaniard Tommy Robredo. Cillic will face Djokovic next in a match that will certainly test the Serbian.

In the ladies draw, no seeds tumbled out following the stunning exists of Azarenka and Sharapova.

Li Na, Flavia Pennetta, Sloane Stephens, Dominika Cibulkova and Jelena Jankovic all advanced into the quarterfinals untroubled in straight sets, Agnieszka Radwanska was expected to be severely tested by Dubai Duty Free runner up Alize Cornet however the Pole powered to a 7/5, 6/3 win over the talented Cornet.

Simona Halep also advanced when she beat Eugenie Bouchard in 3 sets while rising American star and conqueror of Victoria Azarenka, Lauren Davis, was forced to withdraw following stomach problems, Casey Dellacqua advancing at her expense.