FLUSHING MEADOWS, New York, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Second seed Novak Djokovic eased past Julien Benneteau in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.
Defending champion Djokovic from Serbia won 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour, 37 minutes, setting up a clash against either Alexandr Dolgopolov, the No. 14 seed from Ukraine, or Stanislas Wawrinka, the No. 18 from Switzerland, for a place in the quarterfinals of the final Grand Slam tournament of the year.
"I don't like to play the first match" of the day, Djokovic said. "It was important for me to start off very strong, concentrated and committed to every point and I played really well. "
The 25-year-old Serb won three Grand Slam tournaments in 2011. This year, he retained his title in Melbourne and finished runner- up at the French Open, the only major tournament he's yet to win.
The 20th-seeded Roddick, who announced he will retire at the end of the tournament, is next to play the unseeded Fabio Fognini, where Roddick is set to try to prolong his tennis career.