Friday 28 April 2017

Djokovic labours past battling Edmund

Novak Djokovic during his second round match against Kyle Edmund in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Novak Djokovic during his second round match against Kyle Edmund in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Novak Djokovic began his defence of the BNP Paribas Open title with a hard-fought second-round victory against Kyle Edmund.

World No 2 Djokovic - who has won the Indian Wells title five times, including in each of the last three years - won 6-4 7-6 (7/5) against the Briton.

The Serbian broke Edmund in the first game before seeing out the first set in 42 minutes but Edmund rallied in the second.

The 22-year-old secured the first three games before Djokovic fought back to take the second set to a tie-break, which he ultimately won.

Djokovic faces Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.

Roger Federer also made a safe passage into round three with a 6-2 6-1 triumph against France's Stephane Robert.

Federer, seeded ninth, won 79pc of his first service points to wrap up a straight-sets win in just 52 minutes. The 35-year-old will face Steve Johnson in the third round after the American won 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7/4) against South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

Rafael Nadal made light work of Argentina's Guido Pella to secure a third-round tie against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

Sixth seed Marin Cilic crashed out, though, after American Taylor Fritz, ranked 136th in the world, fought back to triumph 4-6 7-5 6-4.

Kei Nishikori cruised to a 6-3 6-4 win against Britain's Dan Evans and Nick Kyrgios also picked up a 6-3 6-4 victory over Horacio Zeballos.

Irish Independent

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