Djokovic, Nadal, Murray reach third round in Cincy

Rafael Nadal serves to Julien Benneteau during their second round match at the Cincinnati Open in...

Rafael Nadal serves to Julien Benneteau during their second round match at the Cincinnati Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 17, 2011. (JOHN SOMMERS II/Reuters)

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MASON, OHIO - Current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and former champion Andy Murray each earned second- round victories Wednesday at the $2.43 million Western & Southern Open, an ATP Masters and U.S. Open Series event.

The 2008 and 2009 Cincinnati runner-up Djokovic defeated burgeoning young American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 6-3. The Serb bested Mardy Fish in last week's Masters finale in Montreal.

Djokovic is an amazing 54-1 this season, including titles at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, and he's already captured five Masters championships this year.

The second-seeded Nadal handled French qualifier Julien Benneteau 6-4, 7-5, while a fourth-seeded Murray mauled oft-injured former top-five star David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-4, 6-1 on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Nadal and Murray were a pair of shocking early losers last week in Montreal.

Murray captured this Masters tournament back in 2008, while Nadal is the all- time Masters titles leader with 19.

Meanwhile, fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer came back to top promising Bulgarian wild card Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, sixth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils stopped Croat Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-3, 4-0, retired, and seventh-seeded American Mardy Fish popped nine aces and leveled former top-five Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-0, 6-2 in 62 minutes. Fish was last week's Masters runner- up to Novak Djokovic in Montreal and lost to Swiss icon Roger Federer in last year's finale here in Cincinnati.

Next up for Fish will be sweet-swinging Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

Ninth-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro held off 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2) to reach the round of 16, while 10th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon overcame Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-3. A 12th-seeded Gasquet got past tall South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, and American qualifier Alex Bogomolov Jr. stunned 15th-seeded Wimbledon semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-3, 6-4. Bogomolov Jr. will meet the Aussie Open runner-up Murray on Thursday.

Additional second-round wins came for Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco and German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Stepanek, a surprise titlist in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago, defeated Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) on Day 4. The former top-10 Verdasco will tangle with his countryman and fellow left-hander Nadal on Thursday.

This week's winner will collect $496,000.


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