In his first claycourt match of the season, the Serbian world
number two won 11 games in succession from 1-1 in a 45-minute stroll
on centre court.
Djokovic, bidding to become the first player to achieve an Indian
Wells-Miami-Monte Carlo Masters treble in the same season, ended his
opponent's ordeal on his first match point with a volley, having
broken five times and saved four break points.
Fifth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic was made to work hard
to dismiss Russian Dmitry Tursunov 7-5 6-4, while Spain's David
Ferrer, the sixth seed, stormed into the third round with a 6-3 6-0
thrashing of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
But it was Djokovic who had the easier day.
"For the first match on clay, it was great. I lost only one game, so
there were not too many flaws in my game that I could recall," said
Djokovic, who has been nursing a wrist problem for a week.
"I have a certain problem that I carry for the last week or so with
the wrist," he explained.
"The short match today helped definitely. So I'm going to have some
time to heal it."
Djokovic, who 12 months ago ended Rafael Nadal's eight-year reign in
the principality, has won the last four Masters events he has
played, prevailing in Shanghai, Paris, Indian Wells and Miami and
also won the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals.
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Earlier, Frenchman Michael Llodra beat Polish 16th seed Jerzy
Janowicz in first-round action and French ninth seed Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga struggled to secure a third-round spot in a 6-4 1-6 6-4
defeat of German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Russian Mikhail Youzhny was the other seeded casualty to go down as
the 13th seed was beaten by Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-6(4) in the
Top seed Nadal and former world number one Roger Federer, seeded
fourth, enter the fray on Wednesday when they face Russian qualifier
Teymuraz Gabashvili and Czech Radek Stepanek respectively in
(Writing by Julien Pretot in Paris; editing by Ed Osmond and Pritha
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