Djokovic reaches third round at the Open

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Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - World No. 1 superstar Novak Djokovic was a straight-set second-round winner Friday at the U.S. Open.

The 2011 U.S. Open champion handled German Benjamin Becker 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour, 51 minutes at Ashe Stadium on the hardcourts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The six-time Grand Slam titlist Djokovic was last year's runner-up to Andy Murray and also lost in the final here in 2007 and 2010.

Djokovic is the reigning Australian Open champ and was last month's Wimbledon runner-up to Murray.

Meanwhile, resurgent 12th-seeded 35-year-old German Tommy Haas took care of Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). The one-time world No. 2 Haas is a three-time quarterfinalist in Flushing.

In other second-round action involving seeds, No. 21 Russian Mikhail Youzhny mauled Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 and No. 31 Frenchman Julien Benneteau topped fellow countryman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. The 31-year- old Youzhny is a two-time U.S. Open semifinalist (2006, 2010) who will meet Haas in the round of 32.

Also on Friday, Spaniard Marcel Granollers outlasted American Rajeev Ram 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 7-5.

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