US Open: Roger Federer eases into round 4, a step away from Rafael Nadal

Updated: 01 September 2013 09:20 IST

Roger Federer, who won five consecutive U.S. Opens from 2004-08, next plays 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain. Win that, and Federer could face 12-time major champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals in what would be the rivals' 32nd meeting — but first at Flushing Meadows.

New York:

Quick as can be, Roger Federer moved into the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the 13th year in a row.

Finishing points with early winners from all angles, 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer raced through a 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 victory over 63rd-ranked Adriano Mannarino in only 1 hour, 21 minutes Saturday night.

Federer compiled a 34-8 edge in winners.

Through three matches, Federer has spent 41/2 hours on court, dropping a total of only 21 games.

Federer, who won five consecutive U.S. Opens from 2004-08, next plays 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain. Win that, and Federer could face 12-time major champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals in what would be the rivals' 32nd meeting - but first at Flushing Meadows.

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