Djokovic, Tsonga, Berdych and Roddick advance in US Open openers
August 28, 2012 · Print This Article
US Open—New York
No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga began his US Open campaign in style on Tuesday, easing past Karol Beck 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(2).
Losing in the quarterfinals of the event last year, Tsonga blasted 13 aces and 41 winners past his unseeded opponent and will next face Martin Klizan, who defeated Alejandro Falla, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
In other seeded results, No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych recovered from a recent loss in the Winston-Salem final to defeat David Goffin, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.
Struggling with his game earlier this summer, Berdych will hope to capitalize on his recent success in North Carolina when he next faces Jurgen Zoop. Berdych has never advanced past the fourth-round in Flushing Meadows.
Former champion Andy Roddick, who will turn 30 later this week, charmed the crowd when he dispatched countryman Rhyne Williams, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Playing in his 14th US Open, Roddick has endured an up-and-down year, but still enters the event as a fan favorite. Roddick will next face either Carlos Berlocq or Bernard Tomic.
In other results, Milos Raonic picked up his first US Open victory after dismissing Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, and No. 11 seed Nicolas Almagro grabbed a nice hard-court win over Radek Stepanek, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.
In the night cap, defending champion Novak Djokovic breezed past Paolo Lorezni 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 to reach the second round. Djokovic lost the first set of the match before reeling off 12 straight games.
Djokovic will next face either Rogerio Dutra Silva or Teymuraz Gabashvili in round two.
Wednesday’s action in New York will feature Andy Murray, David Ferrer, John Isner and Juan Martin del Potro.