Djokovic Returns with Victory at Indian Wells Masters

Djokovic Returns with Victory at Indian Wells Masters

Novak Djokovic made a triumphant return to the ATP-WTA Indian Wells Masters, securing a hard-fought victory over Aleksandar Vukic in his first match since the Australian Open. The Serbian legend, chasing his sixth title at the desert venue, displayed resilience and determination to overcome a spirited challenge from his Australian opponent.

Djokovic, who holds the distinction of being the only male player alongside Rafael Nadal to reach 400 Masters-level victories, captured the opening set with ease. However, Vukic fought back in the second set, breaking Djokovic’s serve and forcing a tie.

Undeterred, Djokovic regained control in the third set, breaking Vukic’s serve early on and holding his own to secure the victory. The 36-year-old Serb praised Vukic’s performance, acknowledging his impressive forehand and powerful serve.

In the women’s draw, third seed Coco Gauff showcased her mental fortitude by rallying from a four-game deficit in the final set to defeat Clara Burel. The reigning US Open champion, playing in front of a home crowd, broke a WTA record by reaching 50 wins as a teenager at the Masters 1000 level.

Former world number one Naomi Osaka continued her comeback after motherhood, advancing to the third round with a victory over Liudmila Samsonova. Other notable winners included Taylor Fritz, Grigor Dimitrov, and Cameron Norrie.