New York: Roger Federer needed four sets to win at the U.S. Open on Saturday, showing the kind of fight that he finds curiously lacking in too many other players at this tournament.
The No. 3-seeded Federer won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 against Croatia's Marin Cilic, progressing to the fourth round in a men's draw that saw two other players quit when trailing.
No. 9 Tomas Berdych (shoulder) and No. 31 Marcel Granollers (abdominal muscle) retired on Saturday, raising the total retirements in men's and women's singles to a record 14 by the third round.