Djokovic, of Serbia, returns to Marcos Baghdatis, of
Cyprus, during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis
tournament Saturday in Indian Wells, Calif.
Calif. - Defending champion Novak Djokovic dispatched Marcos
Baghdatis 6-1, 6-3 in 59 minutes to reach the third round of the
BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night, improving his record to 8-0
against the Cypriot.
lost a set to Baghdatis in their last three meetings dating to
2011. The Serb looked every inch the world's top-ranked men's
player, connecting on 74 percent of his first serves and
dictating from the baseline.
I had a very solid performance," Djokovic said on court.
"I managed to stay aggressive from the baseline and served
Djokovic is the
defending champion at Indian Wells, where he is bidding to win
his 50th career title. He's currently tied with coach Boris
Becker at 49.
feel that this is one of the strongest tournaments that we have
on the tour after the Grand Slams," Djokovic said.
"Maybe that is the case why it's difficult to win it twice
in a row."
complaint is a minor problem with his left foot that he hopes
"is going to fade away as the tournament goes."
Eugenie Bouchard beat Lucie Hradecka 6-2, 6-2 in two minutes
less than Djokovic took on the same court. She broke the Czech
six times in winning against Hradecka for the first time in
like I had a good groove going on," said Bouchard, who next
plays 30th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Sesil
beat Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-3, with the hard-serving Canadian
making it easier with 35 unforced errors.
champion Maria Sharapova needed six match points before putting
away Yanina Wickmeyer 6-1, 7-5 in her bid to become the first
woman to win the tournament three times.
beat American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4, while defending women's
champion Flavia Pennetta easily advanced on a 91-degree day in
Pospisil three times in the first set, winning the final six
games. They traded breaks to open the second. Murray broke
Pospisil at love in the eighth game and then served his own love
game to close out the match.
go for too much, but I also felt like when we were in the
rallies I was dictating them, keeping him pinned in his backhand
corner, and pushing him further and further away from the
baseline," Murray said.
wasted four match points in the 10th game when Wickmeyer
survived seven deuces on her serve to tie the set, 5-all.
Sharapova served a love game and then won on Wickmeyer's
backhand error, one of 28 by the Belgian.
on Victoria Azarenka in the third round in a matchup of former
world No. 1 players.
Murray lost in
the Australian Open final to Djokovic and has played just two
other tournaments so far in addition to Davis Cup.
dispatched Harrison in 1 1/2 hours despite struggling with his
first serve. The fifth-ranked Japanese player reached the third
round at Indian Wells for the first time in eight tries.
to 1-24 against top-10 players in his career.
American Madison Brengle 6-4, 6-2 as the Italian opened defense
of the biggest title of her career. She is looking to rebound
from a poor start this year, having lost in the first round in
Sydney and the Australian Open.
winners were: No. 4 seed Caroline Wozniacki, fifth-seeded Ana
Ivanovic, No. 11 Sara Errani, and No. 16 Madison Keys, who got
an on-court visit from her coach and former world No. 1 Lindsay
Davenport, applauded by fans who recognized her.
Keys beat Klara
Koukalova 6-3, 6-2 in her first tournament since her run to the
Australian Open semifinals in January.
as Australia was, just trying to build from it and keep going
and not just be really happy with what happened there," she
On the men's
side, Juan Monaco upset No. 10 Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4, while No.
16 Kevin Anderson, No. 26 Phillip Kohlschreiber, and No. 28
Fernando Verdasco all won in straight sets. No. 23 Guillermo
Garcia-Lopez lost to wild card Thanasi Kokkinakis, 6-4, 6-1, and
No. 25 Julien Benneteau was beaten by Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-2,
playing his first match of the year after a right shoulder
injury that sidelined him for 10 weeks. The current U.S. Open
champion is playing doubles here to work his way back into match