Friday, August 31, 2012

Federer repeats history with win over Phau

NEW YORK, August 31, 2012

History repeated itself for Roger Federer as the top seed beat Bjorn Phau 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 to advance at the US Open 13 years after first defeating the German journeyman. Federer dismissed his second round opponent on Thursday without ceremony to win his 23rd night match at Flushing Meadows without a loss.

Phau remained without a career place in a Grand Slam third round after his defeat in 90 minutes, ended with a stinging ace. Federer is bidding for an 18th singles trophy at a major tournament and is to clash next with Spain's Fernando Verdasco, a winner over Albert Ramos 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

"It was a great match for me," Federer said. "Bjorn had some incredible shot-making. The next match with Verdasco will be another tough one. He's a guy who has been around a long time and had some big wins.

He's a lefty, so that makes thing different."

Tsonga falls

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga became the highest seeded player to fall so far at the US Open when the fifth-seeded Frenchman went down 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 to Slovak Martin Klizan.

Another veteran, the revitalised 32-year-old James Blake, rolled back the clock with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 hammering of Marcel Granollers, hitting 90 per cent of his first serve points and producing 29 winners in the rout. Americans Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey both reached the third round while teenaged compatriot Jack Sock put his best foot forward in a defeat of Flavio Cipolla 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Spanish 11th seed Nicolas Almagro needed five sets in a week already full of marathons, beating German Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Number 12 Croatian Marin Cilic defeated German Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 7-5. Canadian 15th seed Milos Raonic sent over 30 aces in his defeat of Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Ivanovic, Serena progress

In the women's draw, second seed Agnieszka Radwanska needed to win the last 11 games against Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to ensure her trip into the third round.

Wimbledon champion Serena Williams defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2, 6-4 while French Open finalist Sara Errani rolled over Vera Dushevina 6-0, 6-1. Serbia's Ana Ivanovic put two match wins together for the first time in a month with the former number one advancing 6-2, 6-2 over Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson.

Ivanovic was joined as a winner by 13th seed Dominika Cibulkova, who beat young Serb Bojana Jovanovski 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3), and Russian 14th seed Maria Kirilenko, a winner over Greta Arn of Hungary 6-3, 6-2.

Venus ousted

Two-time champion Venus Williams was eliminated from the US Open losing 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in the second round to sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber.

Williams, the 2000 and 2001 champion at Flushing Meadows, finished with 60 unforced errors. The match lasted 2 hours, 45 minutes.
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