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Faultless Federer Marches Into 4th Rd

New York, U.S.A.

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is chasing a sixth US Open crown.

Five-time US Open champion Roger Federer is through to the fourth round at Flushing Meadows without dropping a set, dismissing his latest challenger Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.

The Swiss recorded his 24th win in 26 matches as he struck 30 winners and won 26 of 27 net points to claim victory in just over two hours. He had beaten Donald Young and Bjorn Phau in straight sets in his first two matches.

"I had no clue my stats were that good coming in," said Federer. "I really tried to play offensive against Bjorn Phau in my second match. I did lose more points than I was hoping to. I think that gave me the confidence to move forward today and conditions helped that because it was quicker during the day."

World No. 1 Federer has reached the final in each of his past four tournaments, since falling to Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros semi-finals. He reached the finals in Halle (l. to Haas) and the London 2012 Olympics (l. to Murray) and won his 17th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon (d. Murray) and triumphed at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (d. Djokovic).

The 31-year-old Federer has enjoyed much success in New York during his career, winning five successive titles from 2004-2008. He finished runner-up in 2009 (l. to del Potro) and was beaten by Djokovic in the semi-finals both of the past two years. He has a 64-7 tournament record since his debut in 2000.

Federer goes onto face American Mardy Fish, the No. 23 seed, who came through 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3 against 16th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon in the night session match on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 30-year-old Fish fired 16 aces and 67 winners, breaking Simon seven times to claim victory in just over three hours.

Fish, a quarter-finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2008 (l. to Nadal), will hope to overturn a 1-7 career record against Federer. His lone victory came four years ago at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Federer won their most recent clash in straight sets two weeks ago in the Cincinnati quarter-finals.

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