Djokovic, Murray, Sharapova advance at Indian Wells

However his victory over 36th-ranked Fognini was far from the routine win the quick first set promised.

updated: March 11, 2013 11:46 IST
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Indian Wells, California: Novak Djokovic passed a tough first test at Indian Wells on Sunday to maintain his perfect record for the season and reach the third round of the year's first Masters tournament.

The world No. 1 defeated Fabio Fognini 6-0, 5-7, 6-2, the struggles he encountered against the 36th-ranked Italian echoing world No. 3 Andy Murray's battle to a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 victory over unheralded Russian Evgeny Donskoy.

Djokovic improved to 14-0 in 2013, but he was kicking himself for letting control of the match slip away in the second set, when he went up an early break only for Fognini to get back on serve with a break of his own in the seventh game.

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