Federer, Djokovic, Roddick advance

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PARIS -- Top-seeded Roger Federer, second-seeded and defending champion Novak Djokovic and American star Andy Roddick were among Wednesday's second-round winners at the Paris Masters, the final ATP Masters event of the year.

The Swiss great Federer, fresh off his title in his hometown of Basel last week, handled nifty Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4 on the indoor hardcourts at Palais Omnisports. Federer moved on in 58 minutes by not allowing Gasquet to enjoy even one break-point chance.

The Australian Open champion Federer, who has never reached the semifinals at the Paris Masters, bested the U.S. Open runner-up Djokovic in last week's marquee Basel finale.

Up next for 16-time major champion Federer will be 2004 Paris Masters runner- up Radek Stepanek.

A second-seeded Djokovic, meanwhile, topped gritty Argentine Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-3, while an eighth-seeded Roddick bested Finnish qualifier Jarkko Nieminen 6-1, 6-4 on Day 4. Djokovic fired eight aces at Monaco, while Roddick popped nine past Nieminen, who failed to enjoy even one break-point opportunity in the setback.

Djokovic, who titled here a year ago by beating French favorite Gael Monfils in the final, will meet tough Frenchman Michael Llodra on Thursday, while Roddick will encounter capable Latvian Ernests Gulbis.

Third-seeded Aussie Open runner-up Andy Murray joined the parade into the third round with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 come-from-behind victory over 2007 Paris Masters champion and 2008 runner-up David Nalbandian, the former world No. 3 Argentine star. Murray slammed 18 aces before dismissing the always-dangerous Nalbandian.

Murray will take on big Croat Marin Cilic in the round of 16.

Meanwhile, seventh-seeded David Ferrer overcame Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) and 10th-seeded Nikolay Davydenko drubbed Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-0. The red-hot Ferrer, fresh off his title in Valencia in his native Spain last week, will meet Austrian Jurgen Melzer on Thursday, while the speedy Russian Davydenko will battle fifth-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, the 2005 Paris Masters champ.

Two other seeds advanced, while two others were sent packing, as a No. 11 Melzer beat Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); a No. 13 Cilic held off Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Swiss slugger Stanislas Wawrinka took out No. 15 Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-4; and French crowd favorite Michael Llodra doused massive-serving No. 16 American John Isner 6-3, 6-4. The lefthanded Llodra actually swatted 10 more aces (14-4) than the 6- foot-9 Isner, who was unable to break his French counterpart on Day 4.


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