Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Novak Djokovic made quick work of
his first-round opponent and five-time champion Roger Federer moved on in
straights sets Tuesday at the U.S. Open.
The world No. 1 Djokovic, a former U.S. Open champ who lost to Andy Murray in
last year's marquee finale in Flushing, needed just 81 minutes to dispose of
Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in a one-sided 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 blowout.
The seventh-seeded former world No. 1 great Federer handled Slovenian Grega
Zemlja 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in a match that was postponed
because of rain on Monday night.
The 17-time Grand Slam titlist was the tennis king of New York from 2004-08
and runner-up in 2009.
"It was more of a serving contest," Federer said. "There wasn't much rhythm
out there, but I was happy the way I played."
Up next for the Swiss icon will be Argentine Carlos Berlocq.
Fifth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic,
leveled 31-year-old Italian Paolo Lorenzi, 6-1, 6-4, 6-1, while top American
John Isner reached the second round, as the 13th-seeded 6-foot-9 slugger was
efficient in dismantling helpless Italian Filippo Volandri, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3, in
only 1 hour, 16 minutes on the Grandstand court. The massive-serving Isner
fired 16 aces on Day 2.
The surging Isner recently titled in Atlanta and was a hardcourt runner-up in
Washington, D.C., and at an ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.
Meanwhile, 10th-seeded 6-foot-5 rising Canadian Milos Raonic handled
diminutive Italian Thomas Fabbiano, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 and 35-year-old 12th-
seeded German Tommy Haas eased past Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-4, 6-4,
6-1, on a warm, breezy day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis
Center. The powerful Raonic unleashed 28 aces, compared to zero by the
A surprising Day-2 upset came when 30-year-old Argentine qualifier Maximo
Gonzalez upended hurting 14th-seeded 6-foot-8 Pole Jerzy Janowicz, 6-4, 6-4,
Janowicz, who was slowed by a back injury on Tuesday, reached his first-
ever Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon just last month.
"I could barely walk, I couldn't practice," Janowicz said. "I couldn't find a
normal position to sleep.
"I'm so unlucky every time in New York," said Janowicz, who strained a leg
muscle four days before the U.S. Open last year before going on to lose to a
world No. 1,098 Dennis Novikov, then a UCLA sophomore, also in the opening
He joked, "Maybe I'm practicing too hard for New York."
A milder upset occurred when Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin tripped up 15th-seeded
struggling Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Twenty-eighth seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina retired against Florian Mayer
with the German leading 6-4, 6-2, 3-0 in the third set.
Also on Tuesday, 22nd-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber whipped 17-year-old
American Collin Altamirano, making his ATP-level debut, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1;
Portuguese Joao Sousa erased 25th-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, 3-6, 6-3,
6-4, 5-7, 6-2; 26th-seeded American Sam Querrey bested Argentine Guido Pella,
7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2; and 31st-seeded quality Frenchman Julien Benneteau
got past Poland's Michal Przysiezny, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Also advancing was French former top-10 star Gael Monfils, who drubbed
Romanian Adrian Ungur, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0, to set-up a second-rounder with Isner.
In other matches involving Americans, Jack Sock was beating Philipp Petzschner
7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 5-2 when the German retired, Donald Young tattooed Slovak
Martin Klizan, 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 and Denis Kudla defeated Jiri Vesely, 6-2, 6-2,
6-7 (6-8), 7-5.
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