The defending champion Novak Djokovic won his match against the Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-0 6-7 (5) 6-2 and booked his place in the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Masters.
It wasn’t the best match for the Serbian, but this is exactly what the greatest players are about – even when bit off form, they are able to succeed.
The first set was quickly over as Djokovic didn’t allow his opponent a single game.
Things have changed in set 2, Andujar picked up his game and Djokovic lost his focus a bit. His backhand went off the mark on some occassions and Andujar capitalised from it. Winning the tiebreak, he forced a decider.
Djokovic stepped up a level at the very beginning of the third set and broke Andujar immediately. The Spaniard began to play some solid tennis and got fired up after quite a few points, but Djokovic didn’t allow him to break back. He took Andujar’s serve once more and served it out to finish the match in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Djokovic’s break points conversion throughout the match was absolutely spotless (5 out of 5). On the other hand, Andujar couldn’t convert any of his 8 opportunities.
In the quarterfinals, the world no.1 Djokovic will play Nicolas Almagro of Spain, who defeated Tomas Berdych surprisingly easily 6-4 6-0.