Djokovic marches on; Murray exits

Djokovic marches on; Murray exits

Defending champion Wozniacki storms into third round without breaking a sweat

World number one Novak Djokovic eased into the third round of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Saturday while fourth-seeded Andy Murray made a premature exit.

giant killer Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez celebrates after scoring a stunning win over Briton Andy Murray in the second round of the Indian Wells tournament on Saturday. AP

Djokovic, champion here in 2008 and last year, handed out a 6-3, 6-2 thrashing to Kazakhstan qualifier Andrey Golubev, breaking his opponent’s serve twice in each set to triumph in one hour 20 minutes.

Djokovic, who beat Spaniard Rafael Nadal in last year’s final, will next face South African Kevin Anderson, who benefited from a walkover when Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew due to an unspecified illness.

World number four Murray, runner-up at Indian Wells in 2009, was upset 6-4, 6-2 by 92nd-ranked Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the second year in a row the Briton was eliminated in his opening match at Indian Wells.

Earlier, Czech Tomas Berdych advanced with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 win over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky while American Andy Roddick clawed his way back to beat Poland's Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.

Roddick, a break down and trailing 4-5 in the second set, was in danger of losing the match when he suddenly found form with his service returns to take control.
Former world number one Roddick will take on Berdych in the third round.

Wozniacki advances

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and former winner Maria Sharapova cruised into the third round with 6-2, 6-0 victories.

Denmark's Wozniacki launched her title defence by demolishing Russian Ekaterina Makarova and Sharapova, the 2006 champion, crushed Argentina's Gisela Dulko at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Former world number one Wozniacki took advantage of an error-strewn display by her left-handed opponent, cruising to victory in just over an hour on the showpiece stadium court.

US Open champion Sam Stosur of Australia also eased into the third round, needing only 49 minutes with her attacking style to hammer American wild card Irina Falconi 6-0, 6-3.

Sixth-seeded Stosur will next play Russian Nadia Petrova, who beat American wild card Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-2.

Former champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia gained a measure of revenge for her early exit from last year's French Open, pounding Swede Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2.

Seventh seed Bartoli had to draw on her renowned fighting qualities to beat American qualifier Varvara Lepchenko 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, having trailed 2-5 in the final set. In another match, 10th seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy swept past Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-4.