Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Reigning champion Novak Djokovic and
former titlist Juan Martin del Potro were a pair of second-round winners on a
hot Friday at the U.S. Open.
The second-seeded former world No. 1 Djokovic drubbed Brazil's Rogerio Dutra
Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in 1 hour, 39 minutes at Ashe Stadium, where the
temperature was above 90 degrees on Day 5.
Djokovic currently holds two of the four Grand Slam titles, as he also won
this year's Australian Open in addition to his 2011 U.S. Open championship
when he beat Rafael Nadal in the final at the USTA Billie Jean King National
The five-time major champion is also a two-time U.S. Open runner-up (2007,
The seventh-seeded del Potro got past 20-year-old American Ryan Harrison 6-2,
6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 34 minutes at Armstrong Stadium.
Harrison is now 0-15 lifetime against top-10 ATP players.
The 6-foot-6 Del Potro stunned Roger Federer in five sets in the 2009 U.S.
Spanish star David Ferrer was also a second-round winner Friday.
The fourth seed moved on in straight sets against Dutchman Igor Sijsling, but
the tight third went to a tiebreak, as the gritty Spaniard settled for a 6-2,
6-3, 7-6 (14-12) decision on the Grandstand court.
Ferrer advanced in 2 hours, 27 minutes, breaking Sijsling four times en route
to the round of 32.
Nifty 13th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet moved on by easily beating
Stanford University's Bradley Klahn 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old American Steve Johnson reached the third round by
overcoming talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-4.
Gulbis launched 24 aces in a losing effort.
The former USC Trojan Johnson is a two-time NCAA singles champ.
Also advancing was Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who took out former top-10 star
Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Mayer is rewarded with a third-
rounder against his fellow countryman del Potro.
The Sports Network