World number one Novak Djokovic has eased into the third round of the Indian Wells Masters with a commanding 6-3 6-2 victory over Kazakhstan qualifier Andrey Golubev.
The top-seeded Serb, champion in 2008 and last year, broke his opponent’s serve twice in each set to triumph in one hour 20 minutes. “It was a good start,” Djokovic said in a courtside interview after sealing the win with a powerful first serve that forced a wild backhand error by his 145th-ranked opponent. We didn’t play a beautiful match and there were a lot of unforced errors but look, it’s the opening match of the tournament for me and I am getting used to the conditions and the court. Hopefully the next match will be better,” added the Serb, who won his fifth grand slam crown at the Australian Open in January.
Djokovic, who beat Spaniard Rafael Nadal in last year’s final, will next face South African Kevin Anderson, who benefited from a walkover.