Roger Federer eases into last 16

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A review of the men’s action on day six of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Roger Federer took another straight-sets step forward at the US Open with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 third-round victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber on Saturday.

Federer, who won at Flushing Meadows five times in a row from 2004-08, entered the match against Kohlschreiber having won 72 straight service games, including all 23 in New York.

Federer lost his serve for the first time in the tournament as Kohlschreiber broke him twice in the match, but the 34-year-old Swiss broke right back each time and stayed in command with five service breaks of his own to improve his career record to 10-0 against the German.

“I think I won the big points today,” said 17-time Grand Slam singles winner Federer. “I served well when I had to at the end.”

Federer, who had sprinted through his first two matches with the loss of only nine games, next meets big-serving American John Isner.

The 13th-seeded American advanced when Czech Jiri Vesely retired when trailing 6-3 6-4.

Donald Young made it two Americans in the last 16 when he came from two sets down to defeat Victor Troicki in five.

Young’s fightback produced a 4-6 0-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 6-4 victory. It is the second time this tournament the 26-year-old had battled back from the brink and he will now play fifth seed Stan Wawrinka for a place in the last eight after the Swiss beat Ruben Bemelmans 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.

Richard Gasquet will play Tomas Berdych in the same quarter of the draw after they both won on Saturday.

Gasquet destroyed Bernard Tomic in their clash, winning 6-4 6-3 6-1. The match featured a stunning round-the-net-post winner from the Frenchman, a shot which left even his opponent applauding.

Berdych found things tougher against Guillermo Garcia Lopez but recovered from losing the first set to post a 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (9/7) 6-3 6-3 victory.

His Spanish foe was left to wonder what might have been had he taken the set point he created in the second-set tie-break.

Third seed Andy Murray sealed progress with a straight-sets win over Thomaz Bellucci and the Scot will face big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, who knocked out Austrian Dominic Thiem.

 

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