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Federer Books 14th Straight 4th Rd Berth in New York

New York, U.S.A.

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is a five-time champion at the US Open.

Roger Federer booked his 14th straight appearance in the US Open fourth round after a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 performance against Spaniard Marcel Granollers on a rain-interrupted Sunday evening.

The second-seeded Federer trailed 3-5 against the World No. 42 in the first set, before a rainstorm interrupted play on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Once matches resumed, the momentum shifted in Federer’s favour, allowing the five-time champion (2004-’08) to claim the final three sets while losing only three games.

"It's been good for a while now," said Federer. "I think especially now it's been really excellent the last three matches here at the US Open. I feel very explosive, quick. The coordination is there, as well. I feel like I've gotten used to the hard courts by now. It's really working well. I'm very pleased. 

"Today conditions were much more humid so you could feel a little flat out there, but that wasn't the case. I was able to power through that. I'm happy I wake up every day and I'm ready to go. It's also great to see Robredo fit as a fiddle at the end last night. I thought that was impressive, too. He's my age, too. I think when you keep yourself in shape and train the right way, that's how you do it."

The 33 year old improved his major third round record to 51-4, winning 42 straight decisions since suffering a straight-set loss to former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten at Roland Garros 2004. He also moved to 25-13 against Spaniards in Grand Slams, firing 13 aces, 57 winners and converting on nine of 20 break point opportunities.

Granollers, who was contesting his third US Open third round in the last four years, drops to 4-26 against Top 10 opposition. He was denied the 150th match win of his career.

Federer will look to reach his 39th quarter-final in his last 42 Grand Slam tournaments when he faces 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, a 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 winner over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. The Spaniard is in the midst of his deepest run at US Open, and equals his fourth-round showing in Melbourne at the start of the season (l. to Dimitrov).

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