The five-time US Open champion Roger Federer got off to an unconvincing start of the third round clash versus Marcel Granollers, but hit top form shortly after the play was suspended due to a rainstorm late in the opener. The Spaniard thus claimed the first set, but was swept off the court in the following three as he suffered eight losses of serve and always struggled to get on the board. The Swiss Maestro completed the fantastic comeback to keep his 18th Grand Slam title hopes alive thanks to a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory. In the last 16, he will be challenged by the seventeenth seed Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut for the first time on the professional tour.
Likewise, the recent Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov hit back after dropping the opening set against Belgium’s David Goffin. The seventh-seeded Bulgarian looked completely out of sorts early on and was delivered a bagel by the rampant rival just twenty-seven minutes into the proceedings. The favorite finally got a grip on himself in the beginning of the set two where he rescued three break point chances before converting in the fourth game. He leveled the terms with ease and maintained the high level of play in the third set to construct a 4-0 lead. A sudden twist in the plot occurred as Goffin got both breaks back, but would still end up a tragic figure due to surrendering yet another serve and falling a set behind as a result. Dimitrov could not be stopped after such turn events and strolled past the disenchanted rival in the fourth set to seal a 0-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 win, setting up a round of 16 clash versus France’s Gael Monfils, seed number twenty, who sent home the twelfth-seeded countryman Richard Gasquet following a smooth 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 triumph.
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych also marched to the fourth round in Flushing Meadows by brushing aside the 62nd-ranked Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. The Czech will now square off against another unseeded player, Austrian Dominic Thiem.