The second round of the U.S. Open his complete; let’s see who advanced and who did not among the top-seeded men.

 

Novak Djokovic (1) was able to walkover into the third round after his opponent, Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, withdrew due to a forearm injury. A pinched nerve was causing numbness, making it difficult for Vesely to control his shots. Djokovic, still recovering from a wrist injury that flared up earlier this summer, will now have an extra two days to rehabilitate.

Next match: Friday vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)

 

It was another straight set win for Andy Murray (2), who had little problem dispatching Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. The Spaniard could not overcome deficits in winners (Murray had 34 to his 23) and unforced errors (he had 28 to Murray’s 47). The victory continues quite a run for Murray, who previously this summer finished first at Wimbledon before winning the single’s gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

Next match: Saturday vs. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)

 

Stan Wawrinka (3) defeated Alessandro Giannessi of Italy 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. Wawrinka used his all-around game to keep Giannessi on his heels the entire match, forcing the Italian to travel a much greater distance (38.5 feet/point) than he did (22.2 feet/point).

Next match: Saturday vs. Daniel Evans (GBR)

 

In the first match played under the new roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Rafael Nadal (4) swept Andreas Seppi 6-0, 7-5, 6-1. You know Nadal is playing well when he is effective at the net, and that is what he was in this match exactly, winning 10 of 11 net points (91%). Seppi’s service game let him down, as only 46% of his first serves were playable.

Next match: Friday vs. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS)

 

In the men’s draws first major upset, Canada’s Milos Raonic (5) was ousted by American Ryan Harrison in four sets, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-5, 6-1. It is a disappointing result for Raonic, who is coming off a finals run at Wimbledon had seemingly been playing the best tennis of his career. Raonic dealt with several cramps throughout the match, but a win is a win for Harrison, who is now through to the third round of a major tournament for the first time in 20 attempts.

Next match: Friday vs. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)

Joe Frieden is a staff writer covering the NBA and tennis for The Sports Blaze. Follow him on Twitter @SoFlaKing.

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Joe Frieden is a writer and content provider. A native South Floridian, he quickly developed an affinity for sports. He went on to attend Florida State University, where his passion was strengthened by the school's immense sports culture. Now back in South Florida, Joe loves to take advantage of the area's beautiful weather while keeping his finger on the pulse of the teams he grew up loving.

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