Found March 10, 2012 on
Lourdes Dominguez Lino
Novak Djokovic opened his bid for a third BNP Paribas Open championship by beating qualifier Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday.
The top-ranked Djokovic, who beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and also won in 2008, is 23-4 on the slow PlexiPave courts that he said favor his game and will face No. 29 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the third round.
It is the second year in a row that Djokovic has beaten Golubev in the second round of this $11 million event.
Djokovic used a serve and high forehand volley to set up match point and a service winner to bring the 80-minute match to a conclusion.
Andy Murray, the No. 4 seed and a possible semifinal opponent for Djokovic, was scheduled to play the final match of the day against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.
Isner, the No. 11 seed, earned a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Frederico Gil of Portugal, while fellow-American Roddick, who is at his lowest ranking (31) since August 2001,...
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