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  Wednesday, 29 August, 2001, 20:10 GMT 21:10 UK
Goran goes through
Goran Ivanisevic
Things are looking up for Ivanisevic in New York
Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic cruised into the second round of the US Open with a straight sets win over American wildcard Hugo Armando.

It was a calm and assured performance from the 15th-seeded Croat, who will meet another American, Justin Gimelstob, in round two.


If I pass the first week I am going to be very dangerous
Goran Ivanisevic

The 29-year-old Ivanisevic boomed down 25 aces in the match, which lasted just over an hour and a half.

Ivanisevic broke early in the first set and although Armando recovered the break, he was broken again when serving to save the set.

The second set followed an almost identical pattern.

Armando held out for longer in the third set but finally succumbed to allow Ivanisevic to extend his Grand Slam winning run to eight matches.

"If I pass the first week I am going to be very dangerous," he said. "I will play better and better each match.

"I feel happy, it's fun to play tennis again, it's great to be here."

Ivanisevic said he finally loosened up at the end of the match.

He said he did not allow his mind to drift back to his awful performance here last year when he lost to Dominik Hrbaty in the first round, winning just one game over the final three sets.

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