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US Open: Djokovic walks over Vesely, as Anderson advances

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Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic has advanced to the third round of the 2016 US Open by walkover.

The walkover came as his scheduled second-round opponent today, Czech Jiri Vesely, has been forced to withdraw with left forearm inflammation. 

Replacing the Djokovic-Vesely match as the third match in Arthur Ashe Stadium will be Gael Monfils vs. Jan Satral.

It will be relocated from Court 17, not before 3 p.m. ET.

ANDERSON ONE STEP CLOSER TO REPEATING 2015 BREAKTHROUGH

Down love-30 and serving for the second set, Kevin Anderson’s second-round match against Canadian Vasek Pospisil could have easily slipped away, going the way of his subpar season. 

But instead, the South African surmised his best tennis when needed in the new Grandstand.

He, there and then, showed he might have another memorable run in him at this year’s US Open.

The No. 23 seed prevailed against Pospisil, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4, in two hours, 39 minutes to reach the third round and move a step closer to repeating his US Open quarterfinal run of a year ago. 

The 2015 US Open was the best Grand Slam tournament of Anderson’s career. 

The stretch saw him snap an 0-7 skid in fourth-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments.

It also featured wins over then-world No. 20 Dominic Thiem and 2012 US Open champion Andy Murray.

But the 6-foot-8 right-hander has struggled with injuries since breaking into the Top 10 in October. 

Anderson endured a left-knee injury and some right shoulder pain. He also had to undergo ankle surgery. 

For the season, he’s missed 10 weeks, retired from two matches and had to withdraw from eight tournaments.

That’s hardly the season he envisioned after beating Murray in a four-set thriller at last year’s US Open.

The match had ended with Anderson blanking the Brit in the fourth-set tiebreak, 7-0.

At the US Open for the seventh consecutive year, perhaps the 30-year-old can rekindle old memories. 

He started well in the first round by hitting 17 aces and beating Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets. 

The victory was Anderson’s first Grand Slam triumph of the season. Against Pospisil, he again had his serve working. 

Facing danger late in the second set, the Johannesburg native won four consecutive points behind two aces and a service winner to take the second set and deflate Pospisil’s energy.

For the match, Anderson hit 16 aces and won almost 80 percent of his first-serve points.

“It means a lot to me,” Anderson said on court after the win.

So would another deep run in New York.

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