Tennis - Djokovic into US Open 3rd round without hitting a ball

Novak Djokovic (AFP Photo/ELSA)

- Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached the third round of a slam for the 33rd successive time without hitting a ball when his scheduled opponent pulled out with an injury. Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic withdrew from their second round encounter suffering an inflammation of the left forearm. Vesely's misfortune was a welcome boost for top seed Djokovic who had required treatment on his upper right arm in his laboured first round win over Jerzy Janowicz on Monday. Left-hander Vesely had defeated the Serb at the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

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