Novak Djokovic defeated Kyle Edmund on Sunday to advance to the BNP Paribas Open third round 6-4, 7-6(5).
Edmund served for the second set at 5-3, but could not close it out as Djokovic fought back with a break in the ninth game and sealed victory in the ensuing tie-break after one hour and 51 minutes. It was the closest the 22-year-old Edmund has come to taking a set off Djokovic in three meetings with the World No. 2.
“I think I played very well in the first set,” said Djokovic. “Second set was obviously up and down. But credit to Kyle for playing some really aggressive tennis and taking it all out. He made a lot of winners in the beginning and midway through the second.
“There was not much wrong I did. I did miss some forehands. But other than that, it was a very solid match. Good, quality tennis, a good test. I’m just pleased with the overall performance.”
Novak now is going to play vs Del Potro: “I don’t have the luxury of pacing myself”. “I’m playing del Potro now. I have to give it all. That’s what it takes to beat this guy. Definitely not the draw that you like early in the tournament and that you wish for, but it is what it is. I have played him in Acapulco. Very close match. It went down to the last couple of points. I don’t expect anything less than that. Very even match, and I’ve got to give it all.”
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