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Federer and Nadal through at a canter

ESPN staff
August 29, 2013
Federer goes through

Roger Federer booked his place in the third round of the US Open after easing past Carlos Berlocq at Flushing Meadows.

The record 17-time grand slam champion beat world No. 48 Berlocq 6-3 6-2 6-1 in 95 minutes at the US Open, and this time he had no trouble in the second round of a major, as it was at this stage that the Swiss was shocked by Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon.

Federer is in the same quarter as Rafael Nadal, and was asked about a potential match-up against the in-form Spaniard. "I am well aware of the draw. But, at the moment, I am clearly focusing on round by round and it would be a big mistake if I was thinking too much about Rafa," he said. "I would love a match with Rafa but, for that to happen, I have to keep playing well and keep winning. Right now it's about winning for me, trying to gain confidence and enjoy myself. I hope I can progress, we'll see how it goes."

Rafael Nadal's form continued as he thrashed Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-2 6-1 6-0 in 92 minutes. "I'm trying to play more aggressive," Nadal said. "I didn't have time to practise a lot because I was injured for seven months and when I started to feel better I started to compete. I need to play more aggressive - I'm trying to work on this my whole career but it's more mental than a training thing."

World No. 4 David Ferrer overcame a shaky second-set tiebreaker to defeat fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2. Ferrer had 20 unforced errors in the second set, 25 in the other three combined. The 64th-ranked Bautista Agut was making his US Open debut.

As one of the few Americans in with a chance, 13th seed John Isner was surprised to hear the usually partisan crowd supporting his opponent, France's Gael Monfils, but it was more because they wanted action rather than another three-set cruise. They got what they wanted as Isner went through 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4). "It was surprising, actually," Monfils said. "It was surprising but it was good. It's so much fun to share the court with him."

The next-highest ranked American, , 26th-seeded Sam Querrey, lost earlier to Adrian Mannarino of France 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-4.

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