Djokovic storms into round three at US Open, Gasquet also advances

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Novak Djokovic took just 99 minutes to win his second round encounter against the Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-2  6-1  6-2. Djokovic was a constant menace on his opponents serve although the 6/16 break points won stat leaves a bit to be desired. The first set went quick as Djokovic won 12 of the first 14 points to rush into a 3-0 lead. It looked like he was happy to settle for the single break as the set went on with little to shout about only to establish a 0-40 lead as Silva served for the set. The Serb was third time lucky, taking the set when a poor backhand was netted by his opponent.

Set two was more of the same with Djokovic dropping just four points on serve in four service games. Meanwhile, his return games were far livelier. Silva finally held for 1-1 in the set in a marathon game that saw ten deuces and four Djokovic break points saved. The backhand of Silva continued to break down and errors leaked off this side, including two on break points in each of his next two service games as Djokovic won 5 games in a row to end the set.

After going 4 of 13 on break points in the previous two sets, Djokovic was far more ruthless in the last taking two of three on offer on his way to storming into a 4-0 lead. He looked more than content to stick with what he had rather than force the issue and made no mistake on his first attempt serving for the match, holding to love.

Richard Gasquet disposed of American Bradley Klahn with ease dropping just hitting 28 winners in a 6-3 6-1 6-1. Klahn was visibly nervous and this showed in the 52 unforced errors he made throughout. Gasquet will take on Steve Johnson who came from a set down to defeat Ernests Gulbis 6-7  7-6  6-3  6-4.

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