Djokovic cruises into last eight at Indian Wells


Novak Djokovic's quest for a BNP Paribas Open three-peat remains on track after the two-time defending champion defeated Feliciano Lopez in straight sets in the fourth round.

Djokovic had been made to work in the second and third rounds, forced to dig deep against Bjorn Fratangelo and Philipp Kohlschreiber respectively at Indian Wells.

However, it was a straightforward affair for Djokovic on Wednesday as the world number one advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-3 win against the 34-year-old Spanish veteran.

Next up for Djokovic, who improved to 8-1 against Lopez, is either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Dominic Thiem.

Despite watching Lopez win all eight of his first service points, Djokovic managed to claim the decisive break in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead, having been pushed early.

Djokovic then served out the set in just over half-an-hour with the second of his set points.

The Serbian star was a class above in the second set, though Lopez - who defeated Djokovic in the quarter-finals in Dubai in February courtesy of a retirement - provided some highlights.

Having already been broken in the third game, Lopez fended off a break point with a delightful lob from the baseline to close within 4-3 of Djokovic.

But it only delayed the inevitable as Djokovic sealed his spot in the quarters on Lopez's serve.