In the top part of the draw the last year’s runner-up Novak Djokovic (Player Profile) outclassed Joao Sousa (Player Profile) by breaking him eight times in three sets. The unseeded Portuguese failed to get on the board in the opener and was only able to win four games later on before the top-ranked Serb champion sealed the encounter with a break to love. End score: 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Nole will now meet Marcel Granollers of Spain who turned around the match against US player Tim Smyczek. The latter issued the Spaniard a third set bagel to go 2-1 up, yet it was his rival who clinched a 6-4, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 five-set victory in the end.
The reigning champion Andy Murray (Player Profile) also put in a routine performance to eliminate unseeded German Florian Mayer (Player Profile). Whilst the opener would not be decided before the tie-break, the third-seed British player dominated the following two sets and reached the last 16 by winning 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2. Murray is set to play Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the next round.
“It was a tough match, especially the beginning,” said Murray. “I started the second set well. I started hitting the ball a little bit cleaner, was more aggressive after that and I finished it well.”
Former World no. 1 Lleyton Hewitt (Player Profile), who came to his third round match on the heels of an impressive triumph against Juan Martin Del Potro, rose to the occasion once again to see off Russian Evgeny Donskoy (Player Profile). The latter won the third set to reduce the Australian’s lead, yet Hewitt stormed through the fourth set to complete a 6-3, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1 win. He will challenge German veteran Tommy Haas next.
Whenever I was under pressure I didn’t give him too many chances to run around and take second cuts on my second serve, which was positive,” said Hewitt. “If the right ball’s there, I think I’m a good enough volleyer to back it up and play aggressive tennis out there.”
Also through to fourth round at Flushing Meadows is fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych who claimed a smooth 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Julien Bennetau, seed number thirty-one.