Djokovic aces Berrer test in China

World number two Novak Djokovic made ultimately comfortable progress to the China Open second round after being kept on court for three sets against Germany's Michael Berrer.

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The Serbian cruised through the first set 6-1 but was unable to take any of his three break points in the second before eventually losing it on a tie-break.

He was back to his clinical best in the third, though, breaking twice to seal a 6-1 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 win in just under two hours.

Seventh seed Tommy Haas will play no further part in the tournament, beaten 6-4 4-6 6-2 by Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

Third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was initially in difficulties against Denis Istomin, dropping the first set but recovering to win 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7/3).

Nikolay Davydenko won an all-Russian clash against Alex Bogomolov Jr 7-5 6-1, Jurgen Melzer saw off Pablo Andujar 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7/3) and Frenchman Julien Benneteau retired when trailing 6-1 2-0 to Italy's Andreas Seppi.

In the women's second round, German Julia Goerges claimed the scalp of eighth seed Sam Stosur after a tough three-set battle.

The 23-year-old, ranked 21st in the world, took the first set on a tie-break but had to withstand a fightback from the Australian before eventually prevailing 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 7-5.

Tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki had to battle from a set and two breaks down to beat Su-Wei Hsieh 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-0.

Third and fifth seeds Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber were not troubled as they reached the last 16.

Radwanska, from Poland, beat home wild card Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-3 and Kerber made even shorter work of Lara Arruabarrena-Veci, winning 6-2 6-0 in just over an hour.

Seventh seed Li Na won almost as emphatically, 6-1 6-2 against Nadia Petrova, while ninth seed Marion Bartoli won 6-4 6-3 against Japan's Ayumi Morita.

Former world number one Jelena Jankovic, outside the seedings for this tournament, hammered Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-1.

Great Britain's Laura Robson lost 7-5 6-3 to fellow qualifier Lourdes Dominguez Lino, while Romina Oprandi beat Camila Giorgi 7-5 6-2.

World number one Victoria Azarenka had no problems in seeing off Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-2.

There was a major casualty in the men's draw, however, when second seed David Ferrer retired against Lu Yen-hsun.

The Taiwanese player was preparing to serve for the first set at 5-4 before Ferrer pulled out.

Fifth seed Richard Gasquet eased past Matthew Ebden 6-2 6-4, while Feliciano Lopez was a 7-6 (7/3) 5-7 6-2 victor over Ryan Harrison.



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