Djokovic's on the march as Open hots up

WORLD No4 Novak Djokovic made light work of a predicted banana skin last night as he enjoyed an easy passage into the second round of the US Open.<br /><br />The Serbian was up against former world No3 Ivan Lubicic but proved to be a class apart as he strolled past the 30-year-old Croatian 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour 37 minutes.<br /><br />He now faces either Argentina&rsquo;s Juan Pablo Brzezicki or Carsten Ball of Australia.<br /><br />Djokovic was joined in round two by seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who enjoyed an even easier passage with a 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 win over 18-year-old American Chase Buchanan.<br /><br />Frenchman Tsonga, who has never reached the second week at Flushing Meadows, fired down 29 winners on his way to a second round clash with Finland&rsquo;s Jarkko Nieminen.<br /><br />There was a first round shock in the offering, however, after American qualifier Jesse Witten stunned Russian 29th seed Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 for his first ATP Tour victory.<br /><br />Women&rsquo;s top seed Dinara Safina came through a major scare en route to the second round after dropping the opening set to unheralded Australian Olivia Rogowska.<br /><br />But world No1 Safina, still awaiting her first Grand Slam title, kept her composure to seal a 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-4 victory.<br /><br />She is joined in the second round by reigning French Open champion and sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova who eased past Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2 to set up a third round encounter with Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.<br /><br />Fifth seed Jelena Jankovic dropped just three games on the way to a comfortable win over Italian Roberta Vinci but 16th seed Virginie Razzano went down 6-4, 6-3 to Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.