Indian Wells, Djokovic suffers but qualifies for the 3rd round. Musetti and Nardi did well, defeating Fognini


By John

The world number 1 Novak Djokovic, who returned to Indian Wells after five years, beat the Australian Aleksandar Vukic 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in three sets. Mobile on his legs, Vukic (69th in the rankings) nevertheless performed well against his prestigious opponent, also winning a set. Among the favorites of the tennis tournament, the American Coco Gauff, n.3 in the world, came close to being eliminated against the French Clara Burel, who served the match at 5-3 in the last set, before losing on the tie -break (2 -6, 6-3, 7-6). Her compatriot Jessica Pegula, world number 5, lost to the Russian Anna Blinkova (6-2, 3-6, 6-3). Former Japanese world number 1 Naomi Osaka achieved her best victory since her return from maternity leave on the circuit in January, against Russian Liudmila Samsonova (7-5, 6-3), 15th in the rankings.

The Italians: Musetti and Nardi do well, Fognini ko

Lorenzo Musetti beats Denis Shapovalov in 3 sets (6-4 2-6 7-5) and in the next round Luca Nardi also arrives and wins the match by beating Zhang Zhizhen in the third set with the result of 6-3 3-6-6 -3. Nardi will now face Djokovic. Ko instead Fognini who was eliminated in the second round by Sebastian Baez. The most popular Argentine player of the moment defeated Fognini in two sets. Baez, number 19 in the ATP, overcame the Ligurian veteran (108) 7-5 and 6-3 in his tenth consecutive victory of this exceptional start to the season. The 23-year-old from Buenos Aires will meet local idol Taylor Fritz in the next round, who defeated Chilean Alejandro Tabilo on Saturday. Sonego is also out, eliminated by the Englishman Norrie.