Novak Djokovic, the second seed at the ATP Cincinnati Open, was in fine form against Italy’s Andreas Seppi to defeat him 7-6 6-2 and set up a third round tie with Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko. Djokovic had received a bye in the first round and faced the Italian, who had beaten Robin Haase of the Netherlands in straight sets in the round before.
The number two seeded Serbian had to fight hard and survived a tie-break to secure the first set, but came through it comfortably in the end, taking it 7-4. The second set was a lot more straight-forward, with Djokovic breaking Seppi twice to wrap up the set 6-2 and with it the match to set up a tie with Davydenko of the Ukraine.
Elsewhere, there was more Serbian success as Viktor Troicki overcame the challenge of Australia’s wildcard entrant Lleyton Hewitt. Troicki had beaten qualifier Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4 7-5 in the first round, whilst Hewitt recorded an impressive win against Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets. However, the Serbian was too strong for Hewitt and comfortably made it through to round four with a 6-2 6-0 victory. Troicki will now face sixth seed Argentine Del Potro.