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PARIS---Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has
parted ways with Australian coach
Roger Rasheed after less than one
The eighth-ranked Tsonga is cur-
rently recovering from a knee injury
that forced him to drop out of his sec-
ond-round match at Wimbledon.
In a statement released to French
media, the former Australian Open fi-
nalist praised Rasheed's work but said
that "the language barrier and the diffi-
culties linked to our geographic loca-
tions are restraining our collaboration."
Tsonga missed the US Open, but
hopes to be ready for the Moselle
Open next month.
He said he is currently assessing
"several options" before deciding on a
replacement for Rasheed, who previ-
ously worked with Lleyton Hewitt and
Gael Monfils. (AP)
NEW YORK---Novak Djokovic faced two set
points early in his second-round match at the
He saved them, won the set, then needed less
than an hour to close out a victory. The 2011
champion beat 87th-ranked Benjamin Becker of
Germany 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2 yesterday.
Becker had a chance to serve for the first set
at 5-4. But he wasted the first with a forehand
into the net and the second when a backhand
"Becker is a quality opponent and he should
have won the first set," Djokovic said in an on-
court interview. "I was fortunate enough to come
back and win the first set, and after that, I was
much more comfortable on the court."
The wind was swirling at Arthur Ashe Stadium,
as it often does during the day to players frus-
"You need to have this adjustment, footwork,
steps, in order to get on the ball," Djokovic said.
"I didn t have that in the first set. I was still
trying to find my way from baseline, and the
other side he was serving well. I had my chances,
though, first set earlier to break, but didn t cap-
"After I played a good tiebreak, everything
kind of settled. I started to serve better, started
to step into the court, which is important. I need
to start the way I started in the first match, but
my game is getting there. I feel that it was a big
test for me today."
Another Grand Slam winner, Li Na, also showed
some championship form earlier on Ashe.
This time, her opponent, Laura Robson, looked
very much like a teenager.
The fifth-seeded Li avenged her third-round
upset loss to the young Brit at last year s US
Open, winning in straight sets at the same stage
at Flushing Meadows.
Li, the 2011 French Open champ, rallied from
down a break in the second set for a 6-2, 7-5
Li was nervous after she noticed that her draw
was a repeat from last year. A pep talk from coach
Carlos Rodriguez eased her anxiety.
"After the talk I was feeling much, much better,"
she said. "Because before I never try to share the
feeling with the team."
Australian Open semifinalist Sloane Stephens,
seeded 15th, beat fellow American Jamie Hampton
6-1, 6-3. Hampton, at No. 23, was seeded at a
Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her
Stephens next opponent could be defending
champ Serena Williams, who faces Yaroslava
Shvedova in the nightcap at Ashe. It would be
a rematch of their Australian Open quarterfinal,
won by the young American.
Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and No
9-seeded Jelena Jankovic each pulled out tough
Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki, seeded
16th, won t be making a run at Flushing Meadows
after she was eliminated in straight sets by Eka-
terina Makarova. The 24th-seeded Russian won
A year ago, Robson s upset of Li was the biggest
victory of her breakthrough run. Meanwhile, it
was the third straight frustrating US Open loss
for the Chinese star.
Robson was ranked 89th coming into last year s
tournament. She had never advanced past the
second round at a Grand Slam event or defeated
a top-10 opponent.
That all changed when she upset major cham-
pions Kim Clijsters and Li back-to-back to make
the fourth round. Now 19, Robson was seeded
30th at Flushing Meadows and coming off a
fourth-round run at Wimbledon.
Li had 34 unforced errors in their match a year
ago, and she lamented then that the free points
lifted the teen s confidence. This time, Robson
never had much of an opening.
"She served very well today and I thought she
was returning really deep," Robson said. "You
know, there wasn t a lot I could do in some
Li surprised herself with 11 aces yesterday---
including one on a second serve on match point---
and won all nine points when she went to the
net. She s back in the fourth round at the US
Open for the first time since 2009.
Her run over, Robson now must face an unfor-
tunate reality for many teenagers: getting her
wisdom teeth out.
"All the other girls in the locker room are telling
me their horror stories: Oh, yeah, I pulled my
gauze out and it was just blood, " Robson said.
"So that s not too nice."
Defending champ Andy Murray was playing
81st-ranked Leonardo Mayer in his second-round
match. Two other US Open winners, Juan Martin
del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt, face each other
last night. (AP)
Djokovic settles down to win in 3 sets
Tsonga splits with coach
Novak Djokovic needed less than an hour to close out
a victory against 87th-ranked Benjamin Becker of
Germany 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2 at the US Open yesterday.
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