Novak Djokovic needed just 88 minutes to dispose of Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev, 6-0, 6-1, 6-4.
Novak Djokovic may not be off to another perfect start to the year, but at least he is consistent when it comes to winning his opening match at the ATP/WTA Indian Wells Tournament.
Rafael Nadal launched his US Open title defence with a battling 6-3, 7-6 (7/1), 7-5 victory over Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan, but the straight-sets win was anything but easy.
Juan Monaco defeated Andrey Golubev 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 to give Argentina a 1-0 lead over Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup quarter-finals on Thursday.
Kazakhstan took a 1-0 lead over the Czech Republic after Andrey Golubev outlasted Jan Hajek 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the opening singles match in the first round of the Davis Cup on Friday.