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Federer Surges Into Third Round

New York, U.S.A.

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer moved into the third round at Flushing Meadows on Friday.

Roger Federer eased into the third round of the US Open on Friday evening, charging past Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 48 minutes. He fired nine aces, won 84 per cent of first serve points and broke serve in five of 11 opportunities.

The 33-year-old Swiss continued his quest for a sixth crown in Flushing Meadows, improving to 24-1 at night on Arthur Ashe Stadium and 18-1 lifetime against Australians in Grand Slam play. His only defeat came on major debut to Patrick Rafter at Roland Garros 1999. Federer is now a career 54-1 in Grand Slam second round matches, with his lone loss coming at Wimbledon last year to Sergiy Stakhovsky.

The Basel native, playing in New York for a 15th consecutive year, won his 51st match of 2014. He is the second-oldest player to claim 50 or more victories in a single season in the past 30 years, having achieved the feat with a first-round win over Marinko Matosevic on Tuesday.

Federer will face Marcel Granollers for a spot in the Round of 16 after the unseeded Spaniard edged big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6(6), 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4 in three hours and 51 minutes. Granollers overcame 31 aces, despite converting on just one of eight break points garnered. He trails Federer 0-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, falling in the Round of 16 in Dubai on two occasions (2011, '13).

Groth, who won his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title earlier this year in Rimouski, remains winless against Top 10 opponents. He was coming off his first Grand Slam match win in the first round against Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

"I think my whole year's left me wanting more," said Groth. "[Ashe] is the biggest stadium you can play on and it's a packed house on a Friday night... It's a dream come true to play on a stadium like this, especially where I've come from over the last couple of years. I want to be here. I feel like I'm doing a lot of things right. I'm going to go away from this and work out what I need to get better now. I've improved a lot of things, but it's time now for me to take it to the next level as well."

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