Djokovic advances to U.S. Open 3rd round with straight-set win

U.S. Sports Desk, Aug 30 (EFE).- Serbia's Novak Djokovic, the world's top-ranked player, advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open with a routine 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2 victory Friday over Germany's Benjamin Becker.

Djokovic got in trouble early in blustery conditions, but he saved two set points with Becker serving at 5-4 and went on to take the first set in a tiebreaker.

He then broke Becker's serve four more times over the last two sets en route to the comfortable win.

"It was very tough. You know, it was a lot of unforced errors, very windy conditions. You couldn't really read and kind of predict where the ball is going to go, so you have to be very alert," the No. 1 seed said in the post-match interview.

"At the start I had difficulty with my footwork. But, you know, as I won a set after that, it was very much, much better."

Next up in the third round for Djokovic, the 2011 champion, will be Portugal's Joao Sousa, a 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 winner Friday over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

In other second-round results Friday afternoon involving seeded players, Czech No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych struggled past American Denis Kudla 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, German No. 15 seed Tommy Haas topped Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), French No. 31 seed Julien Benneteau routed countryman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 and Russian No. 21 seed Mikhail Youzhny defeated Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 6-1, 6-3.

In women's third-round play, Chinese No. 5 seed Na Li defeated British No. 30 seed Laura Robson 6-2, 7-5, American No. 15 seed Sloane Stephens routed 23rd-seeded countrywoman Jaime Hampton 6-1, 6-3, Polish No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanksa topped 32nd-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 24th seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova defeated 16th-seeded German Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 7-5 and ninth-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic edged Japan's Kurumi Nara 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).