Top seed Novak Djokovic (Player Profile) faced a couple of set points in the opener against Benjamin Becker (Player Profile) of Germany, but eventually held the service game and went one nil ahead after seizing the tie-break. He was dominant in the following two sets in which he created a double break cushion before serving the match out with a hold to love. Nole won 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2 in less than two hours of tennis and will play Portuguese Joao Sousa in round three.
“It was very tough,” said Djokovic. “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. At the start I had difficulty with my footwork. But as I won a set after that, it was very much, much better.”
The defending champion Andy Murray, seed number three, dropped a set in the clash against Argentine Leonardo Mayer, but he managed to wrap up the match in the end to book his third round ticket with a 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
“I finished the match well today. I played well when I needed to. That’s a good sign. Obviously I want to keep improving as the tournament goes on. You don’t want to play your best right at the beginning, so I hope I can get better,” the British player commented on his second round performance. He is meeting Florian Mayer of Germany next.
In the clash of former US Open champions 32-year-old Lleyton Hewitt (Player Profile) pulled off a majestic comeback against sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro (Player Profile). The Australian, who conquered Flushing Meadows back in 2001, was trailing two sets to one before clinching a fourth set tie-break and stunning the Argentine with an exquisite performance in the decider where he broke his rival three consecutive times to seal a memorable 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 triumph after slightly more than four hours of tennis on Arthur Ashe.
“This is why I still play. To have moments like this,” the former number one said after progressing to the third round. “I felt physically I was starting to get a little more on top of things through the fourth set. He played a great game to break me when I served for the fourth set as well. I played one of the best tie-breaks of my life,” he added.
In other encounters fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych (Player Profile) threw out 103rd-ranked domestic player Denis Kudla (Player Profile) in straight sets, winning 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-3, whilst twelfth seed Tommy Haas prevailed over Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in the same fashion by clinching a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory.