US Open: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer in cruise control again

The five games conceded in round 3 brought Roger Federer's tournament tally to 21 — the same as Rafael Nadal — and the Swiss has spent only 4-1/2 hours on court, making a mockery of fears that his career was on the wane after an early exit at Wimbledon and patchy form since.

updated: September 01, 2013 10:16 IST
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New York: Rafael Nadal crushed another opponent at the U.S. Open on Saturday, only to see his title rival and likely quarterfinal opponent Roger Federer later record an even more convincing victory.

Nadal beat Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, affirming his favoritism to win this tournament. The second-seeded Spaniard has lost just 21 games across three matches and has faced only five break points, saving each one of them.

Federer then emerged on Arthur Ashe Stadium and notched an even more imperious victory, dominating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in a 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 victory that came in just 81 minutes.

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