Indian Wells, CA – Reigning champion Novak Djokovic posted round victory Monday at the $4.695 million BNP Paribas Masters, the first ATP World Tour Masters event of the year.
The world No. 1 Djokovic handled 29th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-3 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The Serbian star advanced in 1 hour, 37 minutes and was not broken in the routine outing.
The reigning Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Djokovic titled here in 2008 and last year, when he topped Rafael Nadal in the marquee finale. Djokovic was also an Indian Wells runner-up in 2007.
Up next for the super Serb will be Pablo Andujar, who defeated fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 on Day 5.
Eleventh-seeded towering American John Isner landed in the fourth round by getting past 22nd-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco 7-5, 7-5, while 13th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon subdued 23rd-seeded Swiss slugger Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-4. The 6-foot-9 Isner swatted 10 aces and was not broken by Monaco.
The 2012 Indian Wells champion will collect $1 million.