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Djokovic advances with straight-set win at U.S. Open

Aug. 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Novak Djokovic recorded a three-set win Friday to join defending champ Andy Murray in the third round of the U.S. Open.

Djokovic overcame a slow start to defeat Benjamin Becker 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2. Becker was up a break in the opening set before Djokovic forced the tiebreak, in which he won six of the first seven points.

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Joao Sousa will meet Djokovic in the third round after outlasting Jarkko Nieminen 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The third-seeded Murray also had to work hard while moving past the second round, downing Leonardo Mayer 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Murray's next opponent will be Florian Mayer, a 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 winner over Donald Young.

The night match in the men's draw turned out to be a marathon with former champion Lleyton Hewitt finally overcoming No. 6 seed Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 champion, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.

In other Friday results, 12th-seeded Tommy Haas defeated Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) while No. 21 Mikhail Youzhny beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 and 31st-seeded Julien Benneteau ousted Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Marcel Granollers rallied from two sets down and edged by Rajeev Ram 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, 7-5. Tim Smyczek also advanced in yet another lengthy match, getting past Alex Bogomolov 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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