Nadal, Federer breeze on through at US Open
By Eddie Pells ,APNEW YORK -- Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both dispatched their opponents with ease on Thursday to remain on course for a clash in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.
August 31, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Nadal won the final 12 games of the match to breeze past Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 while Federer was only marginally more troubled in beating Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.
Eternal nearly man David Ferrrer overcame an error-strewn second set to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2, while Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic were the other top-10 seeded players to win through.
The highest-ranked casualty of the day was big-serving American Sam Querrey, who lost in four sets to Adrian Mannarino.
In the women's draw, defending champ and top seed Serena Williams blasted her way past another hapless opponent, downing Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 6-0.
Fourth-seeded Sara Errani was trounced 6-3, 6-1 by Italian compatriot Flavia Pennetta and afterward, tearfully acknowledged she was struggling to deal with the pressure and expectation of her high ranking.
Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Jelena Jankovic and Roberta Vinci were the other top 10 seeds to win through.
Nadal improved to 17-0 on hard courts this year and the authority of his victory was enough to establish him as the favorite to win the event, let alone the looming clash with Federer.
The Spaniard saved the only break point against him in the second game of the second set, held that game and then won the next 11 to take the match in a whirlwind 95 minutes.
“In Montreal, Cincinnati, I was able to serve well, to lose very few serves,” he said about the tune-up events he won before heading to New York. “So, important thing is try to find a regular serve that gives me the confidence and that gives me the possibility to start a lot of points with an advantage.”
Next up for Nadal is a third-round match against Ivan Dodig, who won their only previous match on hard court, pulling out back-to-back tiebreakers in 2011 in Montreal.
“He's a very aggressive opponent, good serve, very good backhand, he goes to the net,” Nadal said. “He's a tough one. I need to be playing my best if I want to have chances against him.”