Djokovic, Osaka earn victories at Indian Wells - 3/10/2019 12:08:01 AM

World number one Osaka started her title defence well, cruising past Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4.

Federer, who won the last of his Indian Wells titles two years ago but lost in the 2018 final, used his backhand slice to keep Gojowczk from gaining any rhythm in the first set.

After Mladenovic held serve to narrow the deficit to 5-4, the Japanese player faced another break point before wrapping up the match after one hour and 21 minutes. I think I did that in the Australian Open.

"I do believe we have unbelievable players, great matches, new guys coming through, stadiums are full, prize money has gone up". The 29-year-old was not at his best, but credit for that goes to Mannarino, whose flat groundstrokes neutralised Nishikori's attempted offence, and kept the World No. 7 from exerting his game.

The 38-year-old was trailing by a set and double break down when she pulled off a stunning comeback to register a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over No.3 seed Kvitova of Czech Republic in a thrilling clash that lasted almost two-and-a-half hours.

Djokovic has not played since winning his seventh Australian Open title on 27 January.

Federer immediately broke back before later benefiting from an untimely double fault for another break and serving out for victory in just over an hour and a quarter. I think she had a few tight points, and here we are. "You never know what's going to come off her racket", Williams said in an on-court interview.

She was broken four times, but proved more consistent in the bruising baseline rallies.

Though Kvitova posted more winners in contrast to Williams (38 to 15), she also registered double of the unforced errors made by the seven-time major champion (56 to 25).

It was just her eighth match of the year.

"I haven't played in forever, so that was challenging in itself, to get back into competition", said Williams. The number one seed further said that it will take time for her to adjust with the pressure of being a top tennis star.

Karolina Pliskova booked her place in the third round after a hard-fought win over qualifier Misaki Doi.

As expected, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were the highlight attractions when they played their first matches on Sunday, and Jon Wertheim has an inside take of what it's like working with the two champions.

Barthel's compatriot Angelique Kerber was almost ideal en route to a 6-0 6-2 dismantling of Yulia Putintseva, winning 93% of her first service points under sunny skies in the Southern California desert.

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