Novak Djokovic cruises to victory

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Novak Djokovic admits his confidence is sky high after launching his BNP Paribas Open title defence with an easy victory over Marcos Baghdatis.

The world number one triumphed 6-1 6-3 in the second-round tie at Indian Wells, with the defending champion in scintillating form.

After winning the first set in just 25 minutes, Djokovic broke his opponent twice again in the second set and clinched victory in under an hour when Baghdatis hit a backhand long on the second match point
He came into the tournament on the back of his eighth career major at the Australian Open earlier this year and the top seed admits he is feeling good about his tennis.

“It went very well for me, a very solid performance from the beginning,” said Djokovic, who was beaten by Roger Federer in the Dubai Tennis Championships final on March 1.

“I served well and from the baseline I didn’t give Marcos many chances to come back in the match. Great performance against a quality opponent, against somebody that was a former top-10 player and that knows how to play on a big stage.

“Of course, having won the title in Australia, it allows me to have and carry this confidence into every other event that is coming up in the season.”

Djokovic, a three-time BNP Paribas Open champion, is the clear favourite to land his fourth title in 2015 at 1.97, while Federer can be backed at 5.25.

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