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Roddick and Djokovic ease through

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  • Andy Roddick powers on his his bid for a second U.S. Open title
  • Fifth seed beats Frenchman Marc Gicquel 6-1 6-4 6-4 in night match
  • Fourth seed Novak Djokovic also eases into third round at Flushing Meadows
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(CNN) -- Home hope Andy Roddick and Serbia's Novak Djokovic powered into the third round of the U.S. Open with straight sets victories at Flushing Meadows.

Roddick powers a forehand during his straight sets win over Giguel at Flushing Meadows.

Roddick powers a forehand during his straight sets win over Giguel at Flushing Meadows.

Roddick, looking to emulate his title-winning heroics of 2003, thrashed Frenchman Marc Giguel 6-1 6-4 6-4 against Frenchman Marc Gicquel in late night encounter which finished in the early hours of Friday morning.

Earlier, fourth seed Djokovic was untroubled in seeing off Australian qualifier Carsten Ball 6-3 6-4 6-4.

American players are faring well in the early rounds of their home grand slam and Djokovic will next face qualifier Jesse Witten, while promising 21-year-old Sam Querrey also went through.

He beat compatriot Kevin Kim 7-5 6-7 6-4 6-4 and is on course for a quarterfinal against five-time defending champion Roger Federer.

Roddick will play another American, John Isner, in the third round as he bids to build on his Wimbledon heroics where he lost to Federer in a five-set final.

In other action, 10th seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain beat Florent Serra of France 6-3 6-0 6-3 to earn an intriguing last 32 clash with Tommy Haas of Germany, a straight sets winner over American Robert Kendrick 6-4 6-4 7-6.

French Open finalist Robin Soderling of Sweden needed just 16 minutes to beat Marcel Granollers of Spain, who pulled out with a back problem after just two games.

Third seed Rafael Nadal, beaten by Soderling at Roland Garros before being sidelined for four months with knee problems, is back in action on Friday against German Nicolas Kiefer.

Second seed Andy Murray takes on Paul Capdeville of Chile in his second round match on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court.

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