US Open: Rafael Nadal eases into third round, Roger Federer in sight

Rafael Nadal, with nine titles under his belt since his return from a seven-month injury lay-off in February, swept to victory courtesy of eight breaks of serve and 30 winners. The 2010 US Open winner and 12-time Grand Slam champion next faces Croatia's Ivan Dodig, the world number 38, who surprisingly beat him the last time they met on hardcourt in Montreal in 2011.

updated: August 30, 2013 08:31 IST
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New York: Second seed Rafael Nadal moved comfortably into the US Open third round on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 win over Brazilian journeyman Rogerio Dutra Silva.

The victory took the second-seeded Spaniard's 2013 record to 55 wins against just three losses and edged him closer to a potential quarter-final clash with old rival Roger Federer.

"I was solid with the serve which is always important," said Nadal, whose hardcourt record this year now stands at 17-0 thanks to his 92-minute triumph on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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