Djokovic advances, Fish caught out

Updated: March 13, 2012

Novak Djokovic blunted the power serving of South African Kevin Anderson to reach the fourth round of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Monday, while Mardy Fish was upset by Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden.

World No 1 Djokovic, who beat Spaniard Rafa Nadal in last year’s final at Indian Wells, broke the towering Anderson twice in a marathon opening set and once in the second to triumph 6-2 6-3 in one hour, 37 minutes. He will next meet Pablo Andujar, who advanced with a 7-6 6-4 win against fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos.

Fish, runner-up here in 2008, lost to South Africa-born Ebden in a match where the American was slapped with a hindrance call in the second set after he shouted “Come on” during a rally.

Ebdon will now face Isner who powered past Argentina’s Juan Monaco 7-5 7-5 earlier in the day while Frenchman Gilles Simon beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 6-4.

Seventh-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych unleashed seven aces on the way to a 6-3 4-6 6-2 victory over American Andy Roddick in the final men’s match of the day on the showpiece stadium court.

In the ladies draw, sixth-seeded Stosur lost a see-sawing third round encounter with Russian Nadia Petrova 6-1 6-7 7-6 at theIndian Wells Tennis Garden, before Sharapova finally wrapped up a 6-3 6-4 win against Romania’s Simona Halepon the fifth match point.

In the final match of the day, Denmark’s Wozniacki recovered from a shaky opening set to battle past SwedeSofia Arvidsson 3-6 7-5 6-2 after a fluctuating tussle lasting two hours and 37 minutes.