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Djokovic eases past Berrer

Novak Djokovic made ultimately comfortable progress to the China Open second round on Tuesday with a win over Germany's Michael Berrer.

The Serbian world number two cruised through the first set 6-1 but was unable to take any of his three break points in the second before eventually losing it on a tie-break.

He was back to his clinical best in the third, though, breaking twice to seal a 6-1 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 win in just under two hours.

Seventh seed Tommy Haas will play no further part in the tournament, beaten 6-4 4-6 6-2 by Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

Third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was initially in difficulties against Denis Istomin, dropping the first set but recovering to win 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7/3).

Nikolay Davydenko won an all-Russian clash against Alex Bogomolov Jr 7-5 6-1, Jurgen Melzer saw off Pablo Andujar 6-1 4-6 7-6 (7/3) and Frenchman Julien Benneteau retired when trailing 6-1 2-0 to Italy's Andreas Seppi.

In the women's second round, German Julia Goerges claimed the scalp of eighth seed Sam Stosur after a tough three-set battle.

The 23-year-old, ranked 21st in the world, took the first set on a tie-break but had to withstand a fightback from the Australian before eventually prevailing 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 7-5.

Tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki had to battle from a set and two breaks down to beat Su-Wei Hsieh 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-0.

Third and fifth seeds Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber were not troubled as they reached the last 16.

Radwanska, from Poland, beat home wild card Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-3 and Kerber made even shorter work of Lara Arruabarrena-Veci, winning 6-2 6-0 in just over an hour.

Seventh seed Li Na won almost as emphatically, 6-1 6-2 against Nadia Petrova, while ninth seed Marion Bartoli won 6-4 6-3 against Japan's Ayumi Morita.

Former world number one Jelena Jankovic, outside the seedings for this tournament, hammered Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-1.

Great Britain's Laura Robson lost 7-5 6-3 to fellow qualifier Lourdes Dominguez Lino, while Romina Oprandi beat Camila Giorgi 7-5 6-2.