Djokovic crushes Gulbis, Jankovic out
Two-time major winner Novak Djokovic rolled over Ernests Gulbis 6-0, 6-1 in a third round match at the $9 million WTA and ATP Masters 1000 event on Tuesday.sports Updated: Mar 16, 2011 02:17 IST
Two-time major winner Novak Djokovic rolled over Ernests Gulbis 6-0, 6-1 in a third round match at the $9 million WTA and ATP Masters 1000 event on Tuesday.
The reigning Australian Open champion was rarely tested against the 34th ranked Latvian in the 54-minute match on centre court.
Djokovic fired four aces, including the final two points of the match as he broke Gulbis' serve five times.
Djokovic, who is looking to secure his second Indian Wells title, has been unstoppable so far this year with a 14-0 record.
He captured his second major title at the Australian Open in January and followed up with his 20th career ATP Tour title last month in Dubai.
He has dropped just five games so far after opening with a 6-0, 6-4 win in his opening match against Andrey Golubev.
Djokovic moves on to face either Michael Llodra of France or Serbian countryman Victor Troicki.
Defending woman's champion Jelena Jankovic was added to the growing list of top seed casualties as she lost to Serbian countrywoman Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-2 in a fourth round match.
The sixth seeded Jankovic was attempting to become the first women since Martina Navratilova (1990 and 1991) to defend her title at Indian Wells.
"I just didn't move. I felt really stuck with my feet," Jankovic said. "I wasn't solid with my game. I made some selfish shots, especially in the first set."
Ivanovic hit seven aces and saved six-of-seven break point chances to post her seventh win over Jankovic in 10 career meetings.
Ivanovic, who won the title here in 2008, advances to the quarter-finals where she plays the winner of a match between Kim Clijsters of Belgium and France's Marion Bartoli.
In other early matches Tuesday, Czech Tomas Berdych beat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-3, 6-2.