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  Friday, 31 August, 2001, 22:41 GMT 23:41 UK
Five-set fighters
Yevgeny Kafelnikov stretches for the ball in his victory over George Bastl
Kafelnikov recovered from a two set deficit in New York
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Two of the top seeds in the men's singles struggled to overcome lesser-ranked opponents on the fifth day at the US Open.

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt required five sets to see off America's James Blake at Flushing Meadows.

The wildcard put up a strong challenge before heat took its toll allowing last year's semi-finalist to seal a 6-4 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-0 win.

After throwing up at 2-2 in the fourth, Blake lost 10 of the final 11 games.

Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov also needed five sets to beat Switzerland's George Bastl.

Juan Carlos Ferrero
Ferrero's making steady progress
The seventh seed looked distinctly out-of-sorts, particularly in the early stages, before coming back from two sets down to win 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-4 6-3.

After sealing the second set Bastl, a Swiss qualifier, began to tire and by the fourth set, like Blake, he was cramping up as victory became more of a formality for the favourite.

"For about two sets he was going to make a big statement, however in a Grand Slam it is not best-of-three sets, it's best-of-five," Kafelnikov said after his second consecutive five-setter.

"The strongest and the better players will survive. No matter how big a hole you are in, you have a chance to come out of there, and I did."

Kafelnikov will now meet Argentine qualifier David Nalbandian who took match point on a net cord to beat the 31st seed, France's Nicolas Escude, 4-6 6-3 4-6 6-3 7-5.

Juan Carlos Ferrero, the fifth seed, followed Kafelnikov onto Court 11 and enjoyed a far easier passage into the third round.

Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick came through in four sets
The Spaniard beat Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus 7-6 6-1 6-4 and will now meet Tommy Robredo.

His compatriot beat one of the home favourites, Todd Martin, 6-3 7-5 3-6 6-3.

The final match on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court saw Andy Roddick advance with a four-set win over American qualifier Jack Brasington.

Roddick cruised through the opening two sets before Brasington broke in the 11th game of the third.

The fourth set was a tight affair but Roddick took the tie-break to wrap up a 6-2 6-1 5-7 7-6 (4) win.

The number one seed Gustavo Kuerten beat Denmark's Kristian Pleiss in straight sets, 6-3 6-4 6-4.

And Goran Ivanisevic also enjoyed a comfortbale straight sets victory, his second of the championships.

The Croatian, who served 24 aces, beat American qualifier Justin Gimelstob 6-3 6-3 6-3.

"I felt great on the court, much better than in the first round. I really had fun out there," said Ivanisevic, who was only broken once in the match.

Goran Ivanisevic acknowledges the crowd after his victory
Ivanisevic acknowledges the American crowd
The Wimbledon champion faces Albert Costa in the next round after the Spaniard beat Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty 6-4 6-4 7-6.

"I've never beaten him and he's a guy that doesn't give you a lot of easy mistakes," Ivanisevic said of his next opponent.

Elsewhere Tommy Haas needed four sets to beat Spain's Felix Mantilla.

In a one-sided match in which he lost just one point on his serve in the first set, and three in the second, only a loose Haas tie-break checked his momentum and cost him a straight sets win.

Mantilla failed to earn a single break point against the recent Hamlet Cup winner, and went down 6-1 6-0 6-7 6-3.

The 23-year-old 16th seed will play Jiri Novak in the third round.

The Czech beat another German, Bjorn Phau, 6-1 6-1 6-2.

Second round:

Andy Roddick (US, 8) beat Jack Brasington (US) 6-2 6-1 5-7 7-6 (7-4)
Max Mirnyi (Blr) bt Guillermo Canas (Arg, 27) 6-3 3-6 7-5 6-3
Carlos Moya (Spa, 17) bt Fernando Vicente (Spa) 3-6 7-5 6-1 6-3
Alex Corretja (Spa, 11) bt Jerome Golmard (Fra) 7-5 7-6 (7-4) 7-5
Arnaud Clement (Fra, 12) bt Jan Siemerink (Ned) 6-7(4-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 6-1
Gustavo Kuerten (Bra) beat Kristian Pless (Den) 6-3 6-4 6-4
Tommy Rebredo (Spa) beat Todd Martin (US) 6-3 7-5 3-6 6-3
Lleyton Hewitt (Aus, 4) beat James Blake (US) 6-4 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-0
Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spa, 5) beat Vladimir Voltchkov (Belarus) 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 6-4
Goran Ivanisevic (Cro, 15) beat Justin Gimelstob (US) 6-3 6-3 6-3
Albert Costa (Spa) beat Dominik Hrbaty (Slo, 23) 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-5)
Albert Portas (Spa, 25) beat Andrei Stoliarov (Rus) 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 6-3
David Nalbandian (Arg) beat Nicolas Escude (Fra, 31) 4-6 6-3 4-6 6-3 7-5
Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Rus, 7) beat George Bastl (Swi) 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-4 6-3
Tommy Haas (Ger, 16) beat Felix Mantilla (Spa) 6-1 6-0 6-7 (5-7) 6-3
Jiri Novak (Cze) beat Bjorn Phau (Ger) 6-1 6-1 6-2

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