Djokovic rediscovers winning touch in Madrid
Novak Djokovic got back to winning ways in comfortable fashion at the Madrid Open, cruising to victory over Borna Coric in straight sets on Wednesday.
Djokovic was stunned by Jiri Vesely in the second round at the Monte Carlo Masters last month, a defeat that marked the world number one's first loss against a player from outside the top 50 since June 2010.
But the Serbian had no such difficulties against teenager Coric, needing just an hour and 18 minutes to win 6-2 6-4 on the clay in the Spanish capital and set up a last-16 clash with 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
The 11-time grand slam champion struck the first break in the fourth game, going 40-15 up on Coric's serve, with the Croatian then sending a backhand long to hand Djokovic the initiative.
It was one he never looked like surrendering as Djokovic went a set to the good, but Coric did provide more stubborn resistance in the second.
Djokovic was forced to save a break point in the seventh game of the second set, but he needed only one opportunity to seal a spot in the third round.
A Coric forehand into the net handed Djokovic two match points, and only one was required as an errant cross-court forehand ensured the top seed's triumph.