Novak Djokovic storms into fourth round at Indian Wells

Defending champion Novak Djokovic progressed safely into the fourth round at Indian Wells with a 6-2 6-3 win over South African Kevin Anderson.

The world number one, who beat Spain’s Rafael Nadal in last year’s final, took both his break-point opportunities in a tight first set.

He broke once in the second to secure victory in one hour and 37 minutes.

“It was a very close match. The scoreline does not reflect how close it was,” said the 24-year-old.

Djokovic is aiming for a third career title at the BNP Paribas Open.

“This is one of my most successful tournaments. I love coming back to the desert,” added the Serb.

Andy Roddick’s poor run against top-10 ranked players continued when he was beaten 6-3 4-6 6-2 by seventh seed Tomas Berdych. It was the American’s 13th defeat in 14 games against the better players in the world.

March 13th, 2012

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