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Edmund, Evans and Konta through

Edmund, Evans and Konta through

British number two, Kyle Edmund required just 65-minutes to reach the second round at Indian Wells where he will face the second seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic, for the third time in his career.

These are things that I've experienced the last two times I've played him. I'll try and use that on Sunday

Currently ranked 46th, he was hardly tested as he cruised past PortugalŠ—Ès Gastao Elias 6-1 6-3, who sits in 95th place in the world rankings.

Looking ahead to his meeting with the five-time Indian Wells champion, Edmund commented: "The things he does well are making a lot of balls and being quick around the court. It’s tough to get the ball by him and break him down."

Edmund, who lost to the Serb star at last yearŠ—Ès Miami Masters and US Open added: "These are things that I’ve experienced the last two times I’ve played him. I’ll try and use that on Sunday."

Meanwhile, Djokovic, who has lost some of that edge he had over the last few years, is hoping a return to the hard courts of California — where has enjoyed such success — will signal a revival.

Britain’s number three, Daniel Evans also secured a comfortable opening round win as he cruised past German Dustin Brown 6-1 6-1 to secure a meeting with JapanŠ—Ès fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori.

Also through is the American 19-year-old Taylor Fritz who dispatched Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2, aided by an injury which the Frenchman picked up during the match. The teenager next faces third seeded Marin Cilic.

"My focus was just to serve, serve well, kind of just manage my service games, because I felt like I would get chances on his serve and I would just have to take them," said Fritz, who saved the only break point he faced in the 65-minute match.

"It was just a weird match, because the ankle or foot injury or issue he had in the beginning — sometimes he’d move really well, sometimes he wouldn’t. Sometimes he would just double fault, sometimes he’d hit an ace."

In other menŠ—Ès matches, France’s Stephane Robert defeated Israeli Dudi Sela 6-4 6-4 to book a meeting with ninth-seeded Roger Federer, a four-time Indian Wells winner who is riding high after capturing his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Watson and Konta leave the court

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In the womenŠ—Ès draw Johanna Konta, as expected, beat fellow Briton Heather Watson in straight sets.

Konta, the British number one and 11th seed, moved into the third round with a 6-4 6-4 win over her compatriot in what was their first meeting on the WTA tour.

Konta, ranked 97 places above her opponent, fought off a brief recovery from Watson in the final games of the match.

World number three Karolina Pliskova battled past Olympic champion Monica Puig 1-6 6-4 6-4 but believes she will have to improve is she is to progress any further.

"I don’t even think I deserved to win tonight,Š— the Czech said after recovering from a break down in the third set to reach the third round.

In other second-round matches, 17-year-old American Kayla Day, the US Open Junior champion, shocked Australian Open semi-finalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to earn a clash with French Open champion and seventh seed Garbine Muguruza, who in turn, defeated Belgian veteran Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-3.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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