Djokovic defeats Dimitrov to advance to last 16 in Indian Wells

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Top seed Novak Djokovic marches on at Indian Wells 2013, Juan Martin Del Potro also made it to the fourth round.

The unstoppable Serb champion brushed aside another opponent and has got one step closer to landing his third Indian Wells title. 31st-seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria was nevertheless a serious contender in the opener and even served for a one nil lead at 5-3, yet Nole broke back in time and edged out the Bulgarian in the tie-break after converting the third set ball. The top seed now shifted into a higher gear and bossed his helpless challenger around in the set number two, not spilling more than eleven points in that part of the match. He acquired a two break advantage by 5-1 and sent Dimitrov packing with a love hold. Djokovic progressed with a 7-6 (4), 6-1 comfortable victory and will take on Sam Querrey next.

Seventh-seeded Argentine Del Potro has also put in a confident performance against 33-year-old German Bjorn Phau, ranked 121. The opener was going according to Delpo’s plan as Phau could only track him until 2-2 when the Argentine took over the reins and seized all of the remaining games in the first set. The following one was a bigger challenge for Del Potro as the German was serving to make it one set each at 5-4, but the favorite stepped up again, broke his rival to love and closed out the match after adding another break. He triumphed with a 6-2, 7-5 end score and will confront the winner of Almagro-Haas clash in the fourth round of Indian Wells.

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