NEW YORK: Defending champion Novak Djokovic needed only 99 minutes to win and didn’t face a single break point as he beat Rogerio Dutra Silva at the US Open on Friday, breezing into the third round.
As Djokovic blasted past the Brazilian, three other former champions also advanced: Andy Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt. Roddick dominated Australian Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.
Del Potro downed Ryan Harrison of the US, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 while Hewitt showed his trademark grit to outlast Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4. David Ferrer, the fourth seed, also progressed to third round by beating Dutchman Igor Sijsling 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (12).
Among the other leading men’s seeds, Janko Tipsarevic comfortably beat Brian Baker of the US, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 while leading local hope John Isner suffered a rare tiebreaker loss but still beat Finnish Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3.
On the women’s side, the main upset was Laura Robson beating China’s Li Na 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2. Having ended the career of Kim Clijsters in the previous round, Britain’s Robson can make it a hat-trick over former grand slam tournament winners when she faces defending champion Sam Stosur in the next round.
The seventh-seeded Stosur dominated the second set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over No 31 seed American Varvara Lepchenko.
World No 1 Victoria Azarenka swept past Zheng Jie of China 6-0, 6-1 to move into the fourth round. The Belarussian has lost only six games over her three matches. Four-time major champ Maria Sharapova, the No 3 seed, ended the surprise run of Mallory Burdette, needing 58 minutes to win 6-1, 6-1. Fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova also advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Pauline Parmentier.