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Djokovic Rolls On In Melbourne; Querrey Beats Gulbis

Melbourne, Australia

Novak Djokovic began his second-round contest against Leonardo Mayer at his ruthless best Wednesday afternoon, and finished with his 23rd straight match win at the Australian Open and 26th straight on the ATP World Tour.

Djokovic took full advantage of his opportunities, converting on five of his six break points to clinch the 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 victory in one hour and 47 mintues. 

The Serbian raced through the opening set in 22 minutes, limiting his opponent to eight points total. Mayer stepped up his game in the second and third sets, but it was not enough to hold off the three-time defending champion. Djokovic earned an opportunistic break to go up 5-4 in the third and served out the win.

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"You don't want to spend too much time in the heat," he said. "You want to try to win as quick as possible.  He started to play better as the match progressed, in the second part, especially in the third set. But I felt like I was serving well and I was in control. When I needed to use my opportunities when they were presented, I did so. It was a better performance than the first round."

Djokovic has not lost a match since the US Open final and is looking to win his fifth straight title, following triumphs in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to close the 2013 season.

The World No. 2 will next face Uzbekistani Denis Istomin, who advanced with a 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over 30th-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov. Istomin ran into Djokovic in his one previous appearance in the Australian Open third round, four years ago, and managed to win just four games in that encounter.

German Florian Mayer knocked out another seeded Russian, No. 14 Mikhail Youzhny, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Mayer, who recorded an upset win over Andy Murray in Doha two weeks ago, next meets 20th-seeded Jerzy Janowicz. The Pole prevailed in a 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(5), 6-3 test against Spaniard Pablo Andujar.

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American Sam Querrey advanced to the third round for a fourth time in eight Melbourne appearances with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over Latvian Ernests Gulbis, the No. 23 seed. 

"That was one of my best serving days ever," said Querrey. "And I felt like I returned very well. He has a huge serve. I felt like I did a good job of making him play on his service games.

"It's one of my biggest wins in the past 12 months. It was overall a really solid match for me, the best I've felt in a long time. I just feel like I'm playing really well right now. I hope I can keep it up."

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