Nick Kyrgios beats defending champion Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells
Author: Julie Sanders Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 6:59
Novak Djokovic's record-breaking victory Tuesday evening was notable for a number of reasons, perhaps none more important than it was arguably the best the 12-time Grand Slam victor has played this season.
"The rankings don't do much justice for the quality of tennis that he produces, the player that he is", Djokovic said.
Things likely won't get any easier for the world number two, who faces former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the third round after del Potro defeated fellow Argentine Federico del Bonis 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.
The Serbian star, who has has won at Indian wells in each of the last three years broke Edmund's serve in the first game before taking the set.
Three-time defending champion Djokovic was made to work by the spirited and talented Brit but the second seed's experience shone through when needed as he prevailed 6-4 7-6 (7-5) at Indian Wells on Sunday.
And after arriving to the tournament shaken by a second-round exit at the Australian Open and a surprise Mexico Open straight-set defeat to Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-final, he will be encouraged by his recent performance.
The third set was more straightforward for Djokovic, though, as he nabbed a double break before wrapping it up in 36 minutes.
Djokovic will play Kyrgios on Wednesday after 3 p.m. on Stadium Court.