Swiss Roger Federer is through to the fourth round of the US Open for the 14th consecutive year, where he will now contest a compelling battle against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut. This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour.
Second seed Roger Federer surprised many when he dropped the first three games of the match to Marcel Granollers, but after an extended rain delay, momentum shifted towards Federer, who regained his footing and closed out the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. It was a strong performance in the latter stages, as the Swiss star hit 57 winners, including 13 aces to secure the victory and a spot in the forth round.
“It’s been good for a while now,” said Federer. “I think especially now it’s been really excellent the last three matches here at the US Open. I feel very explosive, quick. The coordination is there, as well. I feel like I’ve gotten used to the hard courts by now. It’s really working well. I’m very pleased.
“Today conditions were much more humid so you could feel a little flat out there, but that wasn’t the case. I was able to power through that. I’m happy I wake up every day and I’m ready to go. It’s also great to see Robredo fit as a fiddle at the end last night. I thought that was impressive, too. He’s my age, too. I think when you keep yourself in shape and train the right way, that’s how you do it.”
Federer’s next challenge will be 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who defeated France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 in his third round match. This is the first time he finds himself in the fourth round of the US Open and he will be looking to extend his run further with a win over Federer.
This is the first time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and could potentially be a closer contest than most would expect. Although Federer should win the match handily, do not be surprised if he needs four sets to secure the win.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Four Sets