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Djokovic, Ferrer advance to third round at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic of Serbia
Novak Djokovic beat Leonardo Mayer in straight sets to advance to the third round.
David Ferrer of Spain
David Ferrer struggled in the first two sets, but finished 6-0, 6-3 in the last two sets.
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)

Novak Djokovic stayed on track for a fourth consecutive Australian Open singles title with a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 win Wednesday over Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.

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Advancing to the third round with his 26th consecutive match win, Djokovic had a brief scare while serving at 3-0 in the first set when he turned over on his left ankle, tumbling to the court.

But it wasn't serious enough for him to warrant medical attention during the next break in play and he took the opening set in just 22 minutes, conceding just eight points.

Djokovic is attempting to win a fifth Australian title, the first man to achieve that feat since the Open Era began in 1968.

Third-seeded David Ferrer overcame a slow start to beat Adrian Mannarino of France 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 in a second-round match Wednesday at the Australian Open.

Ferrer trailed 3-0 in the opening set before rallying in the tiebreaker, then fell behind 4-1 in the second before taking control in the final two sets.

Mannarino appeared to be more adversely affected by the hot temperatures and had a visit from the tournament doctor in the fourth set.

Ferrer is Djokovic's main threat in the bottom half of the draw, with top-seeded Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer all playing in the other half.

The Spanish baseliner has lost to Djokovic in the last two Australian Opens, in the semifinals last year and the 2012 quarterfinals.

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