FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer had decisive victories in advancing at the US Open on Friday.
Djokovicâ€™s 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil had no drama.
Djokovic was very pleased with his play. â€œIt was different conditions today obviously from the first matches I played, the night session, â€œDjokovic said.Â â€œ I didn’t know much about my opponent.Â Never saw him play.Â So that could have been, you know, a difficulty at the start in order to figure out what his game plan is. Â But I have played well, you know, from the start to the end.â€
Spainâ€™s Ferrer defeated Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (12).
Juan Martin Del Potro needed four sets to top 20-year-old American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
â€œHeâ€™s a powerful guy. He serves big and plays good offense,â€ Harrison said of the Argentine. â€œAny time the ball is up youâ€™re usually running or watching a winner go by you. So, he played about as well as I expected him to, which is very good tennis. I had to play my best tennis to win, and I didnâ€™t, so thatâ€™s why I lost.â€
Del Potro talked about the third set. â€œI didn’t play like the first two sets in that third set, and he improved his game a little bit also. Â It’s not easy when you have the control of the points all the match.Â He’s very dangerous.Â He has a big future, and he like to compete with all players.Â He has the game to beat all of them also.â€
Del Potro feels that heâ€™s getting closer to being 100 percent healthy: â€œMy first round and today was big challenge for me to see how my wrist is going and how my level is. Â Always when you win matches everything is better.Â I’m happy to go through to third round.Â I will have another tough match in the third round against Mayer. Â The tournament is get is worse every day and you have to be 100% from here to the rest.â€
Another young American had a positive result at Flushing Meadows on Friday.
Wildcard Steve Johnson a Two-time NCAA singles champion, advanced to the third round with a with a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.
â€œIt kind of felt like, for me, kind of a college atmosphere,â€œ said Johnson.Â â€œThe crowd was cheering every point, and I could hear, you know, some of the people close to me in the stands and everything.Â To know they’re all behind me was pretty special.â€
Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open for Tennis Panorama News