Nadal and Federer a step closer to dream US Open QF encounter

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The unstoppable Rafael Nadal (Player Profile) rolls on at US Open as he sent home unseeded Croat Ivan Dodig (Player Profile) in straight sets. The second seed Spaniard is yet to drop a service game at the tournament, he held all 37 of them so far. On the other hand, he broke his rival four times in three sets to claim his spot in the last 16 with a routine 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory in two hours and eight minutes. The 2010 title holder thus set up a fourth round clash against 22nd-seeded German Philip Kohlschreiber who overcame home hope John Isner, seed number thirteen,  in four sets: 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

“I think I played a correct match today,” said Nadal. “To be able to win against him in straight sets is great news. I played better today than in the previous matches. Always a positive thing. Every win means a lot. I’m happy with the way that I am playing, and trying to be ready for the next [match].

A five-time Flushing Meadows conqueror Roger Federer (Player Profile) confirmed his form is improving by storming past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (Player Profile) in straight sets as well. The first one was the most competitive, while the Swiss Maestro delivered a bagel in the second set before sealing the match by converting the match point number four. It was all over in an hour and twenty minutes with the seventh seed winning 6-3, 6-0, 6-2. He is meeting Tommy Robredo of Spain next.

“I’m not scared of getting injured anymore,” Federer told in a post-match interview. “I’m happy to [take] full flight and chase every ball, which is key if you want to win this tournament.”

Fourth seed David Ferrer (Player Profile) also booked his round of sixteen ticket by defeating unseeded Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin (Player Profile) in a four-set battle. The Spanish number two needed a bit less than three hours to complete a 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 triumph and set up a match against Janko Tipsarevic, seed number eighteen, who got the better of domestic player Jack Sock after coming back from a set down: 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1, 6-2.

In the last fourth round duel in the bottom part of the draw eight-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet will square off against Milos Raonic, seed number ten. The recent Montreal finalist Canadian dismissed twenty-third seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain after losing the opening set tie-break – 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 –, whilst Gasquet eliminated 32nd-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov who withdrew from the encounter in the middle of the fourth set: 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 4-2 ret.

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