Novak Djokovic wins after early start at US Open

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NEW YORK — Never one for early wake-up calls, Novak Djokovic shaved the night before so he could squeeze in a few more seconds of sleep before his morning match Sunday at the U.S. Open.

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Novak Djokovic defeated Julien Benneteau in the third round. His 11 a.m. match lasted 1 hour, 37 minutes.  MEL C. EVANS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MEL C. EVANS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Novak Djokovic defeated Julien Benneteau in the third round. His 11 a.m. match lasted 1 hour, 37 minutes.

Little did he know the fashion police would be showing up early to Flushing Meadows, as well.

“Usually, I get used to being criticized from my mom for not being shaved fully, but thanks for reminding me of that,” Djokovic said to a reporter who commented about the noticeable stubble on his chin. “I will make sure next time I’m looking nice and shaved.”

That, as it turned out, was about as rough as things got for the defending champion, who made it two straight matches without facing a break point and beat Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to move to the fourth round.

TOP-SEED ROLLS: Victoria Azarenka reached the quarterfinals for the first time and set up a match against defending champion Sam Stosur.

Azarenka played a bit raggedly but did not have too much trouble putting together a 6-2, 6-2 victory over 73rd-ranked Anna Tatishvili.

Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in January, had more unforced errors, 24, than winners, 22, and lost serve three times. But she broke Tatishvili seven times and has lost a total of only 10 games through four matches.

Next for Azarenka is the seventh-seeded Stosur, who eliminated British teenager Laura Robson 6-4, 6-4.

“I can definitely take the fact that, you know, I’m up there with the top girls in terms of level,” Robson said. “I had two really, really great wins and a tough one today.”

ITALIAN RALLIES: Marion Bartoli came back to upset Petra Kvitova and reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time.

The 11th-seeded French­woman won 1-6, 6-2, 6-0. Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, has never made it past the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.

The 2007 Wimbledon runner-up, Bartoli won 12 of the last 13 games and 25 of 32 points in the third set.

Kvitova, seeded fifth, had been the only woman to advance to at least the quarterfinals at each of the first three Grand Slam events this year.

DOUBLES UPSET: Defending champions Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond were upset in the third round of women’s doubles.

The top-seeded team lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to Hsieh Su-wei and Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Brothers Christian and Ryan Harrison, of the U.S., making their Grand Slam debut together, advanced to the quarterfinals in men’s doubles as wild cards. Christian, 18, and Ryan, 20, beat 14th-seeded Brits Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 6-3, 6-4.

Defending mixed doubles champs Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock lost in the second round. Sania Mirza and Colin Fleming beat the young Americans 6-4, 7-6 (7).

American teen Sloane Stephens, who lost in the third round to Ana Ivanovic in singles Saturday night, pulled out of her mixed doubles match with Rajeev Ram because of a left abdominal strain. The top-seeded team of Huber and Max Mirnyi advanced with the walkover.


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