Djokovic and Radwanska advance

Updated: August 29, 2012

French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a quarterfinalist in 2011, advanced to the second round of the US Open by defeating Slovakian qualifier Karol Beck 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) on Tuesday.

Tsonga will next face another Slovakian, 52nd-ranked Martin Klizan.

There were also wins for Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych, who beat Belgium’s David Goffin 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, and Spanish 11th seed Nicolas Almagro, who saw off Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4.

Canadian 15th seed Milos Ranoic survived a gruelling five-setter to beat Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, firing 30 aces in the process.

Andy Roddick, the last American man to win a major when he won his one and only Grand Slam title at the 2003 US Open, defeated compatriot Rhyne Williams 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Roddick will next face Australia’s Bernard Tomic.

World No 2 Djokovic needed just 73 minutes to finish off an embarrassingly one-sided 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 mauling of hapless Italian Paolo Lorenzi.

On a bad day for Argentina, 10th seed Juan Monaco surrendered a two-set lead to lose to Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3).

In the ladies draw, Radwanska, whose New York best came in 2007 and who lost in the second round in 2011, began her campaign with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Nina Bratchikova.

Danish eighth seed, Carolina Wozniacki watched by golfing superstar boyfriend Rory McIlroy, was beaten by World No 96 Irina-Camelia Begu 6-2, 6-2.

Williams, the champion in 1999, 2002 and 2008, and twice a runner-up, was just as ruthless in the concluding match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, sweeping past US compatriot Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1.

Venus Williams, the 2000 and 2001 winner, also won an all-American match-up, beating wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-1.

Today, Andy Murray, chasing his first grand slam title, faces big-hitting Croatian Ivan Dodig, a man ranked 118th in the world but who owns victories over Rafa Nadal and Robin Soderling.