Djokovic too good for Fratangelo at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Filip Krajinovic of Serbia at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Filip Krajinovic of Serbia at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday

Djokovic, playing his first match since winning a record seventh Australian Open title in January, was less than sharp in conceding an early break to his 128th-ranked rival.

He could face a unsafe third-round clash with Australian Nick Kyrgios, seeded 31st, who is coming off his first title in more than a year in Acapulco last week. "He was the one that was really aggressive and dictating the points from back of the court for entire first set".

Third seed Alexander Zverev had a stress-free opening match of the tournament, winning 6-3 2-0 over Martin Klizan, who was forced to retire with a right ankle injury in the second set.

Still, Mannarino kept fighting, saving two match points before the Japanese finally wrapped up victory after two hours and 33 minutes.

"She has been playing so well and you never know what's going to come off her racket", a beaming Williams said in front of a fawning crowd as night fell on her native Southern California.

That victory gave the Serbian his third consecutive Grand Slam title after last year's Wimbledon and US Open triumphs.

"After that things went better for me", said Djokovic, who dominated the second set to book a third-round meeting with German Philipp Kohlschreiber, a 6-4, 6-4 victor over Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Serena Williams retired from her third-round match at the BNP Paribas Open today.

"I think I tried too hard in the first set to impress him", the Serb said.

"Honestly, a double break is not ideal against a great server, especially a left-handed server".

Filip Krajinovic of Serbia returns a shot to Rafael Nadal of Spain at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday
Filip Krajinovic of Serbia returns a shot to Rafael Nadal of Spain at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday

"I created some opportunities".

Osaka said it was the first time she had felt the pressure of defending a title. The victory makes it two straight over Kvitova, as she also downed the Czech in their most recent meeting at the 2017 US Open.

The 38-year-old was trailing by a set and double break down when she pulled off a stunning comeback to register a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over No.3 seed Kvitova of Czech Republic in a thrilling clash that lasted almost two-and-a-half hours.

Kvitova served 10 aces and 10 double-faults in the 2 1/2-hour match.

This time the Japanese was on song as she won in straight sets.

It was just her eighth match of the year.

Tennis legend Roger Federer has expressed his deep concern in which the direction of the sport is heading following the key decision taken last week.

"I was so frustrated with myself from the half of the second set to the end, which shouldn't happen to me", she said.

American Sampras, a 14-time Grand Slam victor, was in the stands as the Serb beat Fratangelo 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

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