US Open: Rafael Nadal cruises into 4th round, Victoria Azarenka battles through

Second-seeded Spaniard Nadal, who completed a career Grand Slam with his 2010 US Open crown, and Swiss star Roger Federer, in his lowest Grand Slam seeding since 2002 at seventh, have never played at the US Open but could meet in the quarter-finals.

updated: September 01, 2013 08:33 IST
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New York: Rafael Nadal breezed into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday, moving nearer a potential showdown with Roger Federer, while second seed Victoria Azarenka battled her way into the last 16.

Nadal, a 12-time Grand Slam champion who has won nine titles since returning in February from a seven-month injury layoff, stretched a career-best hardcourt win streak to 18 matches by beating Croatian Ivan Dodig, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

"I started the match with the right intensity," Nadal said. "I think I played my best match of the week so far."

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