Djokovic reaches third round at the Open

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Updated: August 30, 2013

Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) – World No. 1 superstar Novak Djokovic
was a straight-set second-round winner Friday at the U.S. Open.

The 2011 U.S. Open champion handled German Benjamin Becker 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2
in 1 hour, 51 minutes at Ashe Stadium on the hardcourts at the USTA Billie
Jean King National Tennis Center.

“Becker is a quality opponent and he should have won the first set,” Djokovic
said. “I was fortunate enough to come back and win the first set, and after
that, I was much more comfortable on the court.”

The six-time Grand Slam titlist Djokovic was last year’s runner-up to Andy
Murray and also lost in finals here in 2007 and 2010.

Djokovic is the reigning Australian Open champ and was last month’s runner-up
to Murray at Wimbledon. His third-round opponent will be unheralded Portuguese
Joao Sousa.

Fifth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych fired 11 aces in
dismissing game American Denis Kudla 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. The formidable
Czech will battle seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau in his next outing.

Meanwhile, resurgent 12th-seeded 35-year-old German Tommy Haas took care of
Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). The one-time world No. 2 Haas is a
three-time quarterfinalist in Flushing.

In other second-round action involving seeds, No. 20 Andreas Seppi of Italy
bested Indian Somdev Devvarman 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, 7-5, No. 21 Russian Mikhail
Youzhny mauled Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 6-1, 6-3, and a No. 31
Benneteau topped fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. The 31-year-old
Youzhny is a two-time U.S. Open semifinalist (2006, 2010) and will meet Haas
in the round of 32.

Also on Friday, American Tim Smyczek snuck past Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr.
3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; the aforementioned Sousa outlasted Finnish
veteran Jarkko Nieminen 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Spaniard Marcel Granollers
held off American Rajeev Ram 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 7-5; and Uzbekistan’s Denis
Istomin drubbed German Tobias Kamke 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 at the final Grand Slam
event of the year.