Djokovic wins Indian Wells opener!

Photo by Jason Summers

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is through to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (hard, $4,500,000) with a straight sets win over world no.54 Argentine Martin Vassallo Arguello 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour and 44 minutes.

Arguello saved a break point in the third game, but Novak managed to break his service in the seventh for 4-3. The Argentine broke back immediately to equalise to 4-4. The best Serbian tennis player put the pressure again in the eleventh game, broke his opponent’s service for the second time, and served out for the set, 7-5.

Nole broke in the third game of the second set to go 2-1 up, but Arguello broke straight back. World number three broke for the second time in the seventh game, and then held for 5-3. He was confident serving for the match and closed it 6-4.

Djokovic served 2 aces. He hit 22 winners to Arguello’s 11, and made 28 unforced errors to the Argentine’s 13.
Nole converted on 4 of his 8 break point chances, while Arguello capitalised on both chances he had.

Novak will next face German Tommy Haas who defeated his compatriot Rainer Schuettler in three sets, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4.

Djokovic won their only match at Roland Garros in 2006. The result was 7-5, 6-1, 7-6(4).

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