Djokovic, Nishikori advance to round 3
World number one Novak Djokovic kicked started his bid for a fourth Indian Wells title by beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-3 in the second round of the WTA and ATP tournament. Djokovic needed just 59 minutes to oust the former Australian Open finalist Baghdatis who at one time was considered one of the most dangerous players on the ATP Tour. But defending champ Djokovic had his game in order Saturday, blasting six aces, winning 83 percent of his first serves and breaking Baghdatis four times. He came into the tournament as the top seed and reigning Australian Open winner, his eighth career major. Djokovic advanced to the third round where he will square off against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain. Djokovic is gunning for the 50th singles title of his career which would make him the 12th player in the Open Era to reach that milestone. Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the highest ranked Asian player in ATP Tour history, opened his campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ryan Harrison. The US Open runner-up broke Harrison five times to reach the third round. The 25-year-old Nishikori, who is ranked fifth in the world, next faces Fernando Verdasco of Spain. Nishikori came into Indian Wells having won last month in Memphis after reaching the quarterfinal at the Australian Open.