Djokovic downs Edmund to advance at Indian Wells

Indian Wells: Defending Champion, Djokovic edges past Edmund

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World Number 2, Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Indian Wells Masters title on Sunday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) second-round victory over Kyle Edmund.

Djokovic broke the 22-year-old Edmund in the opening game before seeing out the first set in 42 minutes, but had to battle back in the second set against the 46th-ranked Briton to force the tiebreaker and put it away in straight sets.

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“First match played, really a big test,” said Djokovic. “Throughout most of the second set, he was the better player. Just a few points decided that second set.”

The Serb will now face former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the third round after del Potro defeated fellow Argentine Federico del Bonis 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.

Djokovic has won the Indian Wells title five times, including in each of the last three years

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