Indian Wells -World number one Novak
Djokovic booked his third round spot in the Indian Wells hard-court tennis
tournament on Sunday, fending off Bjorn Fratangelo in three sets, 2-6, 6-1,
"I started awful," Djokovic said.
"I just tried to win by using my experience and playing tougher in the key
The defending two-time champ Djokovic has
now won 12 consecutive matches in Indian Wells and is trying to become the
first player in tournament history to claim five titles.
The reigning Australian Open champion
Djokovic is hoping to use Indian Wells as a stepping stone as he seeks to win
his first French Open in two months and complete the career Grand Slam.
Djokovic is coming off a year where he won
11 titles, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open. He lost in the
final at the French Open.
"Obviously 2015 was a remarkable
year," he said. "It will be a big challenge to repeat what I have
done. Why not?"
Under windy conditions on Sunday, Djokovic won
78 percent of his first serve points, made three double faults and had his
serve broken three times, including twice in the first three games against
He returned the favour in the deciding
third set by breaking world No 149 Fratangelo in games one, five and seven and
then capping of the match with an overhead smash.
"The fifth game in the third set was
the deciding one," he said. "I played more aggressive."
Djokovic next faces German Philipp
Kohlschreiber who swept past Denis Kudla 6-0, 6-1.