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World No. 1 Serena Williams shook off a woeful start Wednesday to advance her quest for tennis history while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal joined her in the third round of the U.S. Open.Williams, trying to complete the first calendar Grand Slam singles sweep since Steffi Graf in 1988, defeated 110th-ranked Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens 7-6(5), 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium despite 34 unforced errors and 10 double faults.Spanish eighth seed Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, ousted Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-5, for his 750th career tour-level match triumph while top-ranked Djokovic stayed on a last-eight collision course with Nadal by dispatching Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 .Three-time defending champion Williams completed her second "Serena Slam" of four major wins in a row by winning the Wimbledon crown in July, becoming the oldest Slam winner.Nadal, the 2010 and 2013 U.S. Open champion, improved to 22-1 in his past 23 U.S. Open matches after missing 2012 and 2014 due to injury and finishing as the 2011 runner-up.
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