Matosevic on a roll in Indian Wells
Making progress: Marinko Matosevic. Photo: AFP
Marinko Matosevic stormed into the third round of the Indian Wells tournament in California on Sunday, but fellow Australian Matthew Ebden wasn't so lucky.
Matosevic recorded a 7-5, 6-0 demolition of world No.14 Juan Monaco and will play American 23rd seed Sam Querrey for a berth in the last 16.
Qualifier Ebden was hoping to join Matosevic and Lleyton Hewitt in the next round but was outclassed 6-4, 6-4 by Bulgarian 31st seed Grigor Dimitrov.
World No.3 Andy Murray shook off some first-match nerves to post a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Russian Evgeny Donskoy while world No.1 Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 19 matches with a scrappy 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Fabio Fognini.
Djokovic maintained his perfect record for the season to improve to 14-0 in 2013, but he was kicking himself for letting control of the match slip away in the second set.
"It was definitely a difficult challenge today," Djokovic said. "Fabio played well towards the end of the second set, but it was all my fault. I had a break for 4-2 up and I played a terrible game.
Murray hadn't played for six weeks since falling to Djokovic in the Australian Open final.
Weighing on him even more was the memory of crashing out of his opening match at Indian Wells in the past two years.
"I've struggled here the last couple of years," he said. "I haven't won a match. I was a little nervous."
Murray, however, found his range and made short work of the second and third sets.
The US Open champion next faces Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun, a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) winner over 26th-seeded Slovakian Martin Klizan.
Seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina defeated Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round, while No.12 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia beat Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6 (9-7), 6-2.
Eighth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France had to fight past determined US wildcard James Blake 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 while other second-round winners included Carlos Berlocq of Argentina, German Bjorn Phau and American 32nd seed Mardy Fish.
In women's third-round action, sixth seeded Italian Sara Errani downed Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-1 and Klara Zakopalova, the Czech 19th seed, accounted for Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, seeded 12th, 6-4, 7-5.
No.13 seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia defeated Mallory Burdette of the US 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 and second-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova had to battle back from an early break in each set to earn a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.