Tennis-Djokovic shrugs off slow start to speed into third round

NEW YORK Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:29pm BST

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NEW YORK Aug 30 (Reuters) - Top-seeded Novak Djokovic saved two set points in the opening set but lost just four games the rest of the way in beating Germany's Benjamin Becker 7-6 (2) 6-2 6-2 on Friday to reach the third round of the U.S. Open.

Djokovic was broken in the ninth game of the first set to fall behind 4-5, but broke right back and forced a tiebreaker, which he won 7-2 before cruising the rest of the way.

After the 52-minute first-set struggle on a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium court, the Serb won the next two sets in a total of 59 minutes to seal his victory.

Australia Open champion Djokovic, the 2011 U.S. Open winner, will next face either Finland's Jarkko Nieminen or Portugal's Joao Sousa. (Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Frank Pingue)

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