Spanish star David Ferrer was a second-round winner Friday at the 2012 U.S. Open.

The fourth seed moved on in straight sets against Dutchman Igor Sijsling, but the tight third went to a tiebreak, as the gritty Spaniard settled for a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (14-12) decision on the Grandstand court.

Ferrer advanced in 2 hours, 27 minutes, breaking Sijsling four times en route to the round of 32.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old American Steve Johnson reached the third round by overcoming talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-4. The former USC Trojan Johnson is the two-time reigning NCAA singles champion.