Big guns ruthless on day two at US Open

11:18, Aug 28 2013
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Caroline Wozniacki returns a shot during her first round match against Ying-Ying Duan.
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The sun shines over the unisphere on day two of the 2013 US Open.
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Milos Raonic hits a backhand in his first round match against Thomas Fabbiano.
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Ana Ivanovic returns a shot during her victory in the first round match against Anna Tatishvili.
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Roger Federer on his way to a comfortable first round win over Grega Zemlja.
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Novak Djokovic celebrates his first round win over Ricardas Berankis.
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Laura Robson of Britain celebrates after winning her match against France's Caroline Garcia.
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Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina reacts after a point against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.
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Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain reacts after winning the second set against Juan Martin Del Potro.
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Zheng Jie of China pauses during a break in play against Venus Williams.
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Venus Williams hits a return in her match against Zheng Jie.
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Andy Murray plays a forehand during his men's singles first round match against Michael Llodra.
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Caroline Wozniacki celebrates winning a point during against Chanelle Scheepers.
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Rafael Nadal hits a return against Rogerio Dutra Silva.
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The Williams sisters Serena (left) and Venus in action in their first round doubles match.
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Victoria Azarenka defeated Aleksandra Wozniak to advance to the third round.
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Serena Williams and Venus Williams take on Silvia Soler Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
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Victoria Azarenka signs autographs for fans following her victory over Alize Cornet.
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Rafael Nadal celebrates making the last 16 of the US Open.
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Ana Ivanovic reacts after defeating Christina McHale.
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Svetlana Kuznetsova tries to remove a squirrel from the court during her match against Flavia Pennetta.
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David Ferrer of Spain celebrates after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.
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Camila Giorgi of Italy celebrates defeating Caroline Wozniacki.
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Roberta Vinci of Italy serves to compatriot Camila Giorgi in their fourth round match.
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Sloane Stephens has no answers for Serena Williams in their fourth round clash.
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Ekatarina Makarova, left, is congratulated by Agnieszka Radwanska after their third round match.
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Actor Kevin Spacey is all smiles as he takes in Novak Djokovic's match with Joao Sousa.
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Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia celebrates a point over Alison Riske.
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Tommy Robredo of Spain celebrates after defeating Roger Federer.
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Roger Federer holds his head in his hands as he exits the US Open.
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Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the second set against Philipp Kohlschreiber.
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Victoria Azarenka, left, is congratulated by Ana Ivanovic after progressing to the quarterfinals.
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Marcel Granollers can only look on in awe as he falls to Novak Djokovic.
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Mikhail Youzhny celebrates his victory over Lleyton Hewitt.
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Li Na of China celebrates after defeating Ekaterina Makarova.
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Denis Istomin took the first set off Andy Murray but couldn't complete an upset.
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Andy Murray celebrates his win over Denis Istomin in the fourth round.
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Donald Trump and his wife Melania watch Rafael Nadal play Tommy Robredo.
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Rafael Nadal stretches to play a forehand against Tommy Robredo.
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Rafael Nadal lines up a backhand against Tommy Robredo.
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Victoria Azarenka hits a forehand against Daniela Hantuchova.
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The sun sets over Arthur Ashes Stadium at the US Open in New York.
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Victoria Azarenka beat Flavia Pennetta in straight sets in her semifinal.
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Serena Williams celebrates after winning a point in her semifinal against Li Na.
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Novak Djokovic stretches to hit a return in his semifinal against Stanislas Wawrinka.
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Stanislas Wawrinka after losing a point to Novak Djokovic in the semifinal.
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Richard Gasquet had no answer to Rafa Nadal in the semifinal.
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Rafa Nadal hits a forehand return against Richard Gasquet in the semifinal.
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Serena Williams jumps for joy after winning the women's singles final.
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Serena Williams raises the women's singles trophy while runner-up Victoria Azarenka grasps the plate she won.
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Serena Williams hits a powerful return in the women's singles final against Victoria Azarenka.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic blasted their way into the second round of the US Open on with ruthless efficiency, crushing their hapless opponents in straight sets on an action-packed second day at Flushing Meadows.

Defying the sceptics who had dismissed his chances of winning a sixth title in the Big Apple, Federer was in vintage form as he brushed past Slovenia's Grega Zemlja 6-3 6-2 7-5 in a delayed afternoon match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djokovic then lit up Tuesday's (local time) night session with a dazzling combination of power and precision to defeat Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis 6-1 6-2 6-2.

The world No 1 hardly broke sweat on a balmy New York night as he took the first step toward a possible fourth straight appearance in the final.

A tournament previously bereft of upsets also saw its first major casualty when Australia's Sam Stosur, the champion just two years ago, was sent packing by American teenager Victoria Duval 5-7 6-4 6-4.

With chants of "U-S-A!" ringing out on Louis Armstrong Stadium, Stosur lost her way after winning the opening set, committing 56 unforced errors in her defeat to the 17-year-old.

"I'm not going to be a sore loser and say she didn't do anything," said Stosur. "But, you know, I think I certainly helped her out there today, that's for sure."

EASY WIN

The 32-year-old Federer won the last of his five US Open titles in 2008 but the Swiss master said he had lost none of his love of the game, ripping 35 winners in his win over Zemlja.

"I'm in a good spot right now. I want to enjoy it as long as it lasts," Federer said after the match was moved to Tuesday after being washed out on Monday evening.

Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki survived a tough examination to join grand slam winners Petra Kvitova and Ana Ivanovic in the second round.

And Italy's Sara Errani, the fourth seed, showed why she is looming as a real contender with a rare double-bagel 6-0 6-0 win over Australia's Olivia Rogowska.

Errani showed no mercy against her 151st-ranked opponent, who got into the draw as a lucky loser replacement following the withdrawal of Japan's Ayumi Morita, and romped to victory in 51 minutes.

Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, also had to put in some overtime before winning her clash with Japan's Misaki Doi 6-2 3-6 6-1 while a grieving Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open winner, cruised to a 6-2 6-0 win over Georgia's Anna Tatishvili.

Ivanovic arrived in New York with a heavy heart after learning about the drowning death of a childhood friend back in her native Serbia.

"It's been very sad news," Ivanovic told reporters. "It was very hard because it was almost like my relative. We grew up, and I knew him since we were kids. It's very, very sad."

'DAY OF SURVIVAL'

With her boyfriend, golfer Rory McIlroy, watching from the stands, Wozniacki had to dig deep to beat Chinese qualifier Duan Yingying 6-2 7-5.

Wozniacki raced through the opening set in just 35 minutes then reeled off five games in a row to seal the win after falling behind 5-2.

"It's not about being pretty," Wozniacki said. "It's about just getting the job done. I did that, so I'm happy about that."

Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz was booed for serving underhand during a petulant display in his 6-4 6-4 6-2 loss to Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez, who is ranked 247th in the world.

Hampered by a painful back injury he suffered training three days ago, the Polish world number 14 was in a foul mood, arguing with the chair umpire and throwing his water bottle on the court.

"I was in really good shape before this happened," he growled. "That's why I'm fricking disappointed."  

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