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Djokovic, Nishikori reach Round 3 at Indian Wells

Indian Wells: World No 1 Novak Djokovic kicked started his bid for a fourth Indian Wells title by beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-3 in the second round of the WTA and ATP tournament.

Novak Djokovic hits a forehand against Marcos Baghdatis  in Indian Wells, California. Pic/AFP
Novak Djokovic hits a forehand against Marcos Baghdatis in Indian Wells, California. Pic/AFP 

Djokovic needed just 59 minutes to oust the former Australian Open finalist Baghdatis who at one time was considered one of the most dangerous players on the ATP Tour.

But defending champ Djokovic had his game in order on Saturday, blasting six aces, winning 83 percent of his first serves and breaking Baghdatis four times.

He came into the tournament as the top seed and reigning Australian Open winner, his eighth career major.

Meanwhile, Japan's Kei Nishikori, the highest ranked Asian player in ATP Tour history, opened his campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ryan Harrison.

The US Open runner-up broke Harrison five times to reach the third round.

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