Djokovic, Nadal, win at Indian Wells

Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Kei Nishikori all won their second round matches at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Sunday.

Top seed Djokovic was made to work for his win after dropping the first to beat American Bjorn Fratangelo 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in a match lasting one hour and 47 minutes.

In the first set, Fratangelo broke Djokovic’s serve in the first and third games, never losing his own serve to claim the set in 35 minutes.

After dropping the opener the world number one was a different player and dominated the rest of the match to win easily, breaking his opponent’s serve a total of five times for the win.

Spain’s fourth-seeded Nadal was also pushed to three sets before getting past Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 13 minutes.

Nadal won the opening set comfortably with service breaks in the sixth and eighth games to claim the set 6-2.

But things changed in the second when the fourth seed dropped his serve in the first game and though he broke back the very next game he dropped serve in the third and seventh games to lose the set.

The decider was tight, but Nadal got the only break of serve in the 10th game to claim victory.

Fifth-seeded Nishikori of Japan had few issues beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3.

Nishikori broke Kukushkin’s serve four times in the 70-minute match to cruise to the win. He is next up against American 30th seed Steve Johnson, who beat John Millman of Australia 6-4, 6-2.

There were a few upsets in Sunday’s action – unseeded Alexander Zverev of Germany downed 23rd seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 while Frenchman Adrian Mannarino beat 19th seeded countryman Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3. Spain’s Fernando Verdasco got past 25th seed Martin Klizan of Slovakia, who retired injured with the score 5-3 in favour of Verdasco.

In the other matches of the day things went according to plan for the seeded players – American ninth seed John Isner beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-6(1), 6-4 and 16th seed Gilles Simon of France defeated Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 while American 31st seed Sam Querrey got past Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands 7-6(5), 6-4.

Seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France cruised past countryman Vincent Millot 7-5, 6-1 while Austrian 11th seed Dominic Thiem beat Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia 7-6(4), 7-6(3) in a match lasting one hour and 50 minutes. Spanish 14th seed Roberto Bautista was awarded a walkover against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.

American 21st seed Jack Sock beat Michael Berrer of Germany 6-2, 6-4 while 27th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany hammered American Denis Kudla 6-0, 6-1 and Spanish 18th seed Feliciano Lopez beat countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-2.

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