In the top part of the draw at US Open 2014, seed number three Stan Wawrinka advanced to the round of 32 after knocking out Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in four sets. The last year’s semi-finalist turned in a solid performance in the opening two sets where he benefited from a break in each of them to go two nil ahead. The third one belonged to the Brazilian, though, as he established a double break cushion by 5-1 and while the reigning Melbourne champion reduced the lead later on, Bellucci did just enough to pull one set back. Stan recovered from an early break in the set four before creating a couple of match points at 5-4. However, he could only close out the clash by strolling through the subsequent tie-break for a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (1) victory. His third round opponent will be Blaz Kavcic who stunned 30th-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy by winning 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-3. The 27-year-old Slovenian, who has not won a single match at Flushing Meadows prior to this week, passed the first two tests in New York without surrendering a set.
Top seed Novak Djokovic had an easiest of jobs when taking on Paul-Henri Mathieu of France in the second round. The Serb champion dropped only four games and clinched seven breaks of serve for an express 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 triumph. He should face a tougher challenge when playing local hope Sam Querrey in the last 32.
Ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga showed great form a few weeks ago when he grabbed the Rogers Cup title and he was equally convincing in the second round of the American Grand Slam tournament. Although Kazakh player Aleksandr Nedovyesov put up a relatively good fight against the favorite, he was always one step behind the Frenchman who wrapped up the encounter in straight sets: 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Tsonga will meet Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta next.
The home crowd favorite John Isner was also up to his task today as he dismissed the 24-year-old Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany by prevailing in the first set tie-break and stealing the rival’s serve three times in the following two sets to win 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2. The thirteenth seed US athlete is to play another German, 22nd Philipp Kohlschreiber in the round of 32.
The highes-ranked Japanese Kei Nishikori, seeded tenth, went two sets up when meeting Spain’s Pablo Andujar before the latter withdrew from the match. The result: 6-4, 6-1 ret. in the favor of Nishikori who will now square off against 23rd-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.
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