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  • Roger Federer advances to 3rd round, continues quest for 18th Grand Slam title

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet10 hrs ago

    NEW YORK – The men kept the bracket almost fully intact on Friday as they finished the second round. The night wrapped up with 5-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer winning in straight sets on Ashe, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

    David Ferrer, the 4th seed and two-time semi-finalist here, was the first to advance today, earning a free pass as Australian Bernard Tomic pulled out before their match. Tomic explained that his left hip was hurting, and he did not want to take changes. He had surgery on both hips earlier this year.

    First up in Arthur Ashe Stadium, 6th seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic needed five sets and nearly four hours to defeat Martin Klizan of Slovakia. 

    Crowd-favorite Gael Monfils, the 20th seed this year, is moving on to the third round after topping Alejandro Gonzalez 7-5, 6-3, 6-2, despite committing 43 unforced errors. This was Gonzalez's first U.S. Open. Monfils converted 7 of 17 break points in the match.

    After 7th seed Grigor Dimitrov, 12th seed Richard Gasquet, 14th seed Marin Cilic, 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, 18th seed Kevin Anderson, 19th seed Feliciano Lopez, and 26th seed Gilles Simon also advanced, the crowd was craving an upset. 

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