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Federer, Ferrer, Berdych Lead US Open Day Five Action

New York, U.S.A.

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer brings a 23-1 record at night in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The remaining 16 second round singles matches in the bottom half of the draw on Friday’s order of play features four Top 10 seeds – No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 4 David Ferrer, No. 6 Tomas Berdych and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov,  No. 3 Stan Wawrinka adanced to the 3R on Wednesday. Other Top 16 seeds include: No. 11 Ernests Gulbis, No. 12 Richard Gasquet and No. 14 Marin Cilic.  Wild card Tim Smyczek, the lone American left in the bottom half of the draw, will try to join countrymen John Isner and Sam Querrey in the 3R.

In the third match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Ferrer brings a 2-0 record against Aussie wild card Bernard Tomic. The 32-year-old Spaniard, who reached the SFs here in 2007 and ’12, is on course to finish in the Top 10 for the fifth straight season. He came into Flushing Meadows after reaching the final at ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (l. to Federer). Tomic won his second ATP World Tour title in Bogota in July (d. Karlovic).

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In the evening session, Federer brings his 23-1 record at night in Arthur Ashe Stadium against big-serving Aussie Sam Groth, who is playing a Top 10 opponent for the first time in his career. Federer is 17-1 lifetime against Aussies in Grand Slam play and the 17-time major winner is 68-9 lifetime in Flushing Meadows. The No. 104-ranked Groth is averaging 16.3 aces per match this season. 

On Armstrong, Dimitrov looks to reach the 3R at the US Open for the first time as he takes on Israeli No. 1 Dudi Sela. The 23-year-old Bulgarian, who reached his first Grand Slam SF at Wimbledon, won the previous two meetings against Sela. Dimitrov is looking to win his 40th match of the season (39-12) for the first time.

On Grandstand, No. 20 seed Gael Monfils and Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia square off for the first time. Monfils, a QF in Flushing Meadows in 2010, is one of a tournament-high nine Frenchmen to reach the 2R. Nine Spaniards also advanced to 2R. Gonzalez made a successful US Open main draw debut on Tuesday. 

In the next match on, Berdych faces left-handed Slovakian Martin Klizan for the second time. Berdych won the previous meeting at Wimbledon last year. Berdych, who became the ninth active player to win 100-more Grand Slam singles matches, opened on Wednesday with a straight-sets win over former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. Klizan has two Top 10 wins, both coming in Grand Slam events (d. Tsonga here in ’12 and Nishikori at Roland Garros in May). Klizan won his second career ATP World Tour title in Munich in May with three Top 20 wins.

In other matches, practice partners and friends No. 11 seed Gulbis and Dominic Thiem, who is the youngest player in the Top 50, meet on Court 11. Both players are coached by Gunther Bresnik. No. 14 seed and two-time US Open QF Cilic is also on this court against Ukrainian qualifier Illya Marchenko

On Court 17, 6’8” towers Kevin Anderson, the No. 18 seed, squares off with Jerzy Janowicz, last week’s finalist in Winston-Salem. In the other match, Smyczek looks to reach the 3R at the US Open for the second straight year as he takes on No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut, who won the previous meeting at the Australian Open.

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