Second seed Rafael Nadal (Player Info) is still the man to beat on hard courts this year as he crushed Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva (Player Info) in the second round of US Open to improve to 17-0 on the surface in 2013. He broke his opponent eight times in three sets and completed the 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 victory in one hour and a half of play. His will take on Ivan Dodig of Croatia in round three.
“I think I finished the match playing well, doing a few things well, moving better,” said Nadal. “The important thing at the end is winning 6‑2, 6‑1, 6‑0. The result says that I did the right things.”
Likewise, Roger Federer (Player Info), seed number seven, put in another convincing performance by brushing aside a clay court specialist Carlos Berlocq (Player Info) of Argentina to win 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. The latter lifted his debut ATP trophy in Bastad last month, but was helpless against the Swiss champion who seems to be regaining his old form. FedEx broke the Argentine seven times, whilst he suffered only one loss of serve over the course of the match. He conquered Flushing Meadows five consecutive times between 2004 and 2008.
“I feel at home here, after everything that has happened,” Federer explained. “I am happy with my performance today. I am results-orientated now. I don’t mind how I play, as long as I win.”
His next challenger shall be Frenchman Adrian Mannarino who surprisingly eliminated 26th-seeded local hero Sam Querrey. He won 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-4. In another American-French duel John Isner prevailed over Gael Monfils to book the third round spot with a 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4) triumph.
Also through are fourth seed David Ferrer (Player Info) who needed four sets to overcome Robert Bautista Agut (Player Info), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2, and in-form Canadian Milos Raonic, seed number ten, who demolished Spaniard Pablo Andujar, grabbing a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory.
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