Novak Djokovic ousts Leonardo Mayer, advances to 3rd round

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Melbourne, Australia (4E Sports) – Novak Djokovic notched his 23rd straight match win at the Australian Open via a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 second-round triumph over Leonardo Mayer in one hour and 47 minutes.

The Serbian limited his opponent to eight total points to clinch the opening in 22 minutes. Mayer stepped up his game in the second and third sets, but it was not enough to hold off the three-time defending champion.

Djokovic has not lost a match since the US Open final and is looking to win his fifth straight title, following triumphs in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and the ATP World Tour Finals to close the 2013 season.

The World No. 2 will next face Uzbekistani Denis Istomin, who advanced with a 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over 30th-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

German Florian Mayer knocked out another seeded Russian, No. 14 Mikhail Youzhny, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Mayer next meets 20th-seeded Jerzy Janowicz, who prevailed over Pablo Andujar, 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(5), 6-3.

American Sam Querrey advanced to the third round for a fourth time in eight Melbourne appearances with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

World No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka also advanced after beating Alejandro Falla, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4. He goes on to face Canadian No. 28 seed Vasek Pospisil, who beat Matthew Ebden 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(9), 6-1.

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, the No. 19 seed, cruised past Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes. The 27 year old will look to reach the fourth round for the second year in a row at Melbourne Park when he takes on Edouard Roger-Vasselin on Friday.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams recorded her 60th career match win at the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Serbia’s Vesna Dolonc.

With the win, Williams tied Margaret Court’s record for most match wins here. Court is also one of the women Williams is chasing for most Grand Slam titles – Court leads with 24, then Steffi Graf with 22, Helen Wills Moody with 19 and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18. Williams has 17.

Next up for Williams is No.31 seed Daniela Hantuchova, who edged Karolina Pliskova in a three-hour, 13-minute marathon later on in the day, 6-3, 3-6, 12-10. The third set alone was an hour and 53 minutes.

Other winners were Li Na, Lauren Davis, Jie Zheng, Casey Dellacqua, Flavia Pennetta, Angelique Kerber, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic, Alison Riske and Samantha Stosur.

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