Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Three-time reigning and four-time
overall champion Novak Djokovic was a predictable second-round winner
Wednesday at the Australian Open.
The second-seeded former world No. 1 Serb closed out the day session at Rod
Laver Arena with a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 win over Argentine Leonardo Mayer.
Djokovic popped 12 aces, committed only 11 unforced errors and didn't face a
single break point on Day 3.
Next up for Djokovic will be Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, who ousted 30th-
seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov by a 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 margin.
Spaniard David Ferrer, Czech Tomas Berdych, Swiss Stan Wawrinka and Frenchman
Richard Gasquet were also among the top-10 winners on Wednesday.
The third-seeded Ferrer and seventh-seeded Berdych both dismissed
Frenchmen at Hisense Arena, as Ferrer beat Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (7-2), 5-7,
6-0, 6-3 after Berdych topped Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.
Ferrer will face another Frenchman in Jeremy Chardy in the third round after
the 29th-seeded Chardy downed Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 7-6 (7-5),
6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5).
Berdych's next opponent will be Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, who moved on after
Croat Ivan Dodig retired. Dzumhur fought back from two sets down and was
leading 4-1 in the fourth set when the 32nd-seeded Dodig called it quits.
There were eight retirements on the men's side in the first round.
Meanwhile, the eighth-seeded Wawrinka downed Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-3,
6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 and the ninth-seeded Gasquet humbled former world No. 3
Russian Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-4.
German Florian Mayer took out 14th-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 3-6,
6-3, 3-6, 6-3; 15th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini held off Finnish veteran
Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; 17th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo
registered a 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) win against France's Julien
Benneteau; 19th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson claimed a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem; 20th-seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz fought
back to best Spaniard Pablo Andujar 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3; American
Sam Querrey cruised to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 upset victory over 23rd-seeded
Latvian Ernests Gulbis; and 28th-seeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil overcame
Aussie Matthew Ebden 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (11-9), 6-1.
One other second-round result saw France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin notch a 7-6
(7-1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
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