Federer defeats Verdasco to advance into last 16 at US Open

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World no.1 Roger Federer made light work of the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco as he crushed him in the third round of the 2012 US Open, winning 6-3  6-4  6-4 after 2 hours and 2 minutes of play at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

Five time champion Federer broke his opponent in the 8th game of the first set just before serving it out with some confidence. The Swiss maestro didn’t allow Verdasco a single break opportunity in the set, hitting 10 winners and getting 74% of first serves in.

The crucial moment of the second set came in the opening game as Federer managed to take the Spaniard’s serve and it started to look a bit gloomy for Verdasco. With both players holding their serves till the end of the set, Federer took a very comfortable lead in the match. Although the Swiss’ first serve percentage slipped to 63%, he managed to win 89% of the points after his first serve found it’s mark. What also made a difference were the unforced errors (Verdasco hit 15 against Federer’s 6).

Verdasco, who hasn’t had a great season this year, couldn’t find an answer to Federer’s unstoppable serve. After the 17 time Grand Slam champion broke again in the third game of the third set, there was going to be only one possible outcome. He sailed to yet another straight sets victory, booking his place in the last 16 of this year’s tournament.

Federer will play the winner of the match between Mardy Fish and Gilles Simon next.

Elsewhere, Slovak Martin Klizan, who surprisingly ousted Frenchman Tsonga in the previous round, advanced into the last 16 with a 6-4  6-4  6-4 victory over Jeremy Chardy. He will play Croat Marin Cilic next, who eliminated Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3  6-4  6-7 (3)  6-3.

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