• US Open

Deadly Djokovic brushes Becker aside

ESPN staff
August 30, 2013
Novak Djokovic is eyeing a second triumph at the US Open © AP

After overcoming a tough opening set, Novak Djokovic coasted to victory over Benjamin Becker at the US Open to move into the third round.

Champion of 2011 Djokovic faced two set points early in his second-round clash at Flushing Meadows, but saved them, won the first set on a tiebreak, then needed less than an hour to close out a 7-6(2) 6-2 6-2 victory over the player ranked 87 in the world.

Djokovic, a finalist in New York in four of the past six years, was broken for the only time in the opening set, allowing Becker to serve for it at 5-4. Becker, best known for beating Andre Agassi at the 2006 US Open in the last match of the American's career - then held two set points.

But Becker wasted the first with a forehand into the net and the second with a backhand wide. Another missed backhand let Djokovic break, and he never let up.

"Becker is a quality opponent, and he should have won the first set," Djokovic said on-court afterwards.

"I was fortunate enough to come back and win the first set, and after that, I was much more comfortable on the court."

In other results, Tommy Haas was a 6-3 6-4 7-6(3) victor over Yen-Hsun Lu, while 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny saw off Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5 6-1 6-3.

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