U.S. Open 2011, Day 4: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams All Advance

Wednesday at the 2011 U.S. Open was the Americans' chance to shine. Thursday, the world's top players take over to show them how it's done.

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Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Mardy Fish Cruise Into 2011 U.S. Open 3rd Round

The two top seeds and the top-seeded American all cruised without dropping a set in the second round of the 2011 U.S. Open, as Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and 

Four seeded men's players were knocked out of the draw, and three were French — Seventh-seed Gael Monfils lost in a marathon to 2003 finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero, 13th-seed Richard Gasquet, and 29th seed Michael Llodra — while 23rd seed Radek Stepanek retired.

Djokovic continued his dream season — he's lost only twice, one of which was due to injury in the Cincinnati final against Rafael Nadal — with a thorough domination of Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-0, 6-0, 6-2.

Watching Djokovic play, it seems almost ludicrous to pick anyone to beat him. Sure, he's playing against inferior competition, but his combination of court coverage, return expertise and precision placement of all his shots are unmatched at this point in time.

Berlocq didn't even play poorly. In fact, his serves were big, he was covering the court well, he made Djokovic sweat. But, it didn't matter. No one could have beaten Djokovic tonight.

Wozniacki, who's seeded and ranked number one despite having never made the final at a Grand Slam, breezed by her second-round opponent, Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, 6-0, 6-2. She looks in fine form, but even she doesn't seem to look like a candidate to beat Serena Williams, who's won 14 straight matches after her victory earlier Thursday.

The top-seeded American in the field, eighth-ranked Mardy Fish, also dispatched his opponent easily, beating Tunisian Malek Jaziri. Jaziri was the first Tunisian to ever win a match at a Grand Slam, but was such an unknown quantity that commentators Chris Fowler and John McEnroe spent the entire warmup discussing how little they knew about him.

Now, thanks to Fish, that won't be a problem moving forward. He'll face South African Kevin Anderson in the third round, who thoroughly dominated Llodra, in what some analysts are calling a trap game for the 29-year-old.

Djokovic will face former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko in the third round, his first true test of the tournament, though at this rate, no one not named Roger, Rafael or Andy are a test for the Djoker.

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Gael Monfils Upset Juan Carlos Ferrero By In Five Sets At 2011 US Open

Gael Monfils is out of the 2011 US Open after being knocked off by Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second-round. Monfils was the seventh-seed, but struggled throughout, dropping the first, fourth and fifth sets in a lengthy battle he ended up losing.

After Ferrero took the first set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-5), Monfils bounced back, sweeping the next two sets, 7-5 and 7-6 (7-5), to momentarily seize control of the match. It didn't last long, however, as Ferrero finished strong en route to the upset win.

Where the first three sets were back-and-forth, grueling battles, the fourth and fifth were all Ferrero, as he finished each with a 6-4 set win to take home victory. With the loss, Monfils is two-and-done at the US Open, while Ferrero moves forward and lives to fight another day.

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Serena Williams Into 2011 U.S. Open 3rd Round After Dropping Just One Game

Three-time champion Serena Williams was a lopsided second-round winner Thursday at the U.S. Open.

The 28th-seeded former world No. 1 star flattened Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek 6-0, 6-1 in a mere 49 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 13-time Grand Slam champ closed out the uneventful affair with her 10th ace on a breezy afternoon in Flushing.

Krajicek is the half-sister of former men's Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek.

The 29-year-old Williams is now riding a 14-match overall winning streak, all on hardcourts, which includes a pair of titles.

Williams will meet the Victoria Azarenka-Gisela Dulko victor in the round of 32.

Seventh-seeded gritty Italian Francesca Schiavone rolled into the third round with a 6-1, 6-1 pasting of Croat Mirjana Lucic, while 10th-seeded rising German Andrea Petkovic overcame diminutive Chinese Zheng Jie 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The 31-year-old Schiavone was this year's French Open runner-up and last year's French Open champ.

Up next for Schiavone will be South African Chanelle Scheepers.

Former U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic advanced on Day 4 of the fortnight with a 6-3, 6-4 handling of former top-10 player Jelena Dokic of Australia. The former world No. 1 Jankovic, of Serbia, was the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up to Williams.

Meanwhile, 17th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova held off Croat Petra Martic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 18th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci vaulted past France's Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-3, and little-known Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa dismissed 31st seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-4, 6-2 on the grounds at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Pavlyuchenkova should have her hands full with Jankovic in her next outing.

In battles featuring non-seeds, the aforementioned Scheepers handled German Mona Barthel 6-4, 7-5 and Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro bested Romanian Simona Halep 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. The 19-year-old Halep stunned French Open champion and Aussie Open runner-up Li Na in her opening match this week.

For all of our U.S. Open coverage, head over to SB Nation Tennis. For the men's and women's draws check out our StoryStream.

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Roger Federer Advances To 2011 U.S. Open 3rd Round Easily

No. 3 seed Roger Federer cruised to the third round of the 2011 U.S. Open with a straight set win over Israel's Dudi Sela at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday.

The five-time U.S. Open champion scored six aces with his serve, which topped out at 128 MPH, and won on 88 percent of his first serve in defeating Sela 6-3 6-2 6-2 in 117 minutes. 

Federer will face the winner of Thursday's match between No. 27 Marin Cilic and 18-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic, who took Cilic to five sets during the third round of the 2010 Australian Open and is proving to be a hard draw in majors in 2011. Tomic advanced to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and lost to World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the third round of the Australian Open.

For all of our U.S. Open coverage, head over to SB Nation Tennis. For the men's and women's draws check out our StoryStream.

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Francesca Schiavone, Tomas Berdych Among 2011 U.S. Open Day 4 Early Winners

Tomas Berdych advanced to the third round of the 2011 U.S. Open with a straight set win over Italy's Fabio Fognini on Thursday.

Berdych, the No. 9 seed, was challenged in the first set before settling in and disposing of Fognini 6-0 6-0 in the final two sets. Berdych's next match will be against No. 20 seed Janko Tipsarevic, who needed four sets to get by Germany's Philipp Petzschner.

A shoulder injury prompted No. 23 Radek Stepanek to bow out of his match with Juan Monaco in the third set. Stepanek had dropped the first two sets, and was down 2-0 in the third when he retired. No. 29 seed Michael Liondra of France lost in straight sets to South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who advances to the third round of the U.S. Open for the second straight year.

On the woman's side, Italy's Francesca Shiavone, the No. 7 seed, needed just 53 minutes to advance to the third round by beating Croatian Mirjana Lucic in straight sets. Schiavone had just one ace, but won on 94 percent of her first serves as Lucic committed 32 unforced errors.

Schiavone will face the winner of the Mona Garthel-Chanelle Scheepers march.

For all of our U.S. Open coverage, head over to SB Nation Tennis. For the men's and women's draws check out our StoryStream.

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U.S. Open 2011 Schedule For Thursday: Djokovic, Federer, Serena Highlight Action

Wednesday at the 2011 U.S. Open was the Americans' chance to shine. Thursday, the world's top players take over to show them how it's done.

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