Djokovic wins a third-round match

March 17, 2009 at 8:55 PM

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 17 (UPI) -- Defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia was a third-round winner Tuesday at the $4.5 million BNP Paribas Open.

The third-seeded Djokovic beat German star Tommy Haas, formerly ranked in the top 10 in the world, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) in 1 hour, 47 minutes.

Djokovic, reigning ATP World Tour Finals champ, beat American Mardy Fish in last year's finale here and was the 2007 runner-up to Rafael Nadal.

World No. 6 Argentine Juan Martin del Potro also won Tuesday with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2) two-hour victory over 30th-seeded Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer.

This year's Indian Wells champion will earn $605,500.

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