Mason, OH (Sports Network) - Three-time runner-up Novak Djokovic and
reigning champion Andy Murray were among Wednesday's second-round winners at
the $2.825 million Western & Southern Open.
The second-seeded former world No. 1 Djokovic got past Italian Andreas Seppi,
7-6 (7-4), 6-2. The reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion is fresh
off his Masters title in Toronto last week.
Djokovic lost to the two-time champion Murray in last year's marquee finale
in suburban Cincinnati and also suffered finals setbacks in 2008 and 2009 to
Murray and Roger Federer, respectively.
Up next for Djokovic will be Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko.
The third-seeded Olympic gold medalist Murray, meanwhile, mauled American wild
card Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4.
Murray, who also captured this Cincinnati Masters event four years ago, will
meet Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Thursday.
Sixth-seeded Olympic bronze medalist and former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin
del Potro reached the third round with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over resurgent
German Tommy Haas. The Argentine del Potro will encounter Serb Viktor Troicki
in the round of 16.
Two-time Cincinnati runner-up Mardy Fish reached the third round with a 6-3,
6-1 victory over Argentine Carlos Berlocq, while 12th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic
dismissed American qualifier Jesse Levine 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) on Day 4.
In other second-round action on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis
Center, the former top-five star Davydenko drubbed German Florian Mayer
6-3, 6-3, the lucky-loser Chardy doused Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-3,
and Troicki trounced former world No. 1 Aussie Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-0. The
wild card Hewitt was the Cincy runner-up in 2002 and 2004.
This seventh of nine ATP Masters tournaments will pay its 2012 champ $535,600.
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