Djokovic, Murray, Sharapova reach 3rd round at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, California (AP) — 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 against the Cypriat to 8-0.
Djokovic hasn’t 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.
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.
Andy Murray beat Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-3, with the hard-serving Canadian making it easier with 35 unforced errors.
Two-time 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.