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Federer Nadal win, Isner ousted

Rafael Nadal (ESP) serves to Ivan Dodig (CRO) on day six of the 2013 US Open
Rafael Nadal beat Ivan Dodig to move on Saturday at the US Open.
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NEW YORK (AP)

Quick as can be, Roger Federer moved into the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the 13th year in a row.

Finishing points with early winners from all angles, 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer raced through a 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 victory over 63rd-ranked Adrian Mannarino of France in only 1 hour, 21 minutes Saturday night.

Federer compiled a 34-8 edge in winners.

Through three matches, Federer has spent 4 hours on court, dropping a total of only 21 games.

"There's always a lot of pressure coming out here on this court to perform, because you never know if you're going to play well," Federer said in an on-court interview, "but tonight was one of those nights."

Federer, who won five consecutive U.S. Opens from 2004-08, next plays 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain. Federer has won all 10 of their previous matches.

If Federer makes that head-to-head record 11-0, he could face 12-time major champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals in what would be the rivals' 32nd meeting — but first at Flushing Meadows. Not only have they met at each of the other Grand Slam tournaments, they've met in the final at Wimbledon, the French Open and Australian Open.

Nadal crushed another opponent at the U.S. Open, beating Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to further entrench his status as tournament favorite.

The second-seeded Spaniard has lost just 21 games through three matches and has faced only five break points, saving each one of them.

The 38th-ranked Dodig beat Nadal at the hard-court tournament in Montreal two years ago. But Nadal is looking like the king of hard courts these days, with an 18-match winning streak on the surface.

He closed out the victory with a service winner to win the last game at love.

''I am winning because I am playing well from the baseline and I am making the right decisions in the right moments,'' Nadal said.

Nadal remains on course for a quarterfinal meeting with eternal foe Roger Federer, who was to play the last match of Saturday against Adrian Mannarino of France. The winner will face No. 19 Tommy Robredo of Spain, who ended the run of 179th-ranked qualifier Daniel Evans of Britain 7-6 (6), 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.

Fourth-seeded David Ferrer needed nearly three hours to down 172nd-ranked qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. His next opponent is No. 18-seeded Janko Tipsarevic, who also took four sets to knock off 20-year-old American Jack Sock 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1, 6-2.

Eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet and No. 10 Milos Raonic set up another fourth-round matchup with victories.

Sock's defeat, along with that of John Isner at the hands of Phillip Kohlschreiber — Nadal's next opponent — meant wild card Tim Smyczek was the only American left in the field.


Unless Smyczek manages to beat Marcel Granollers on Sunday, there will be no Americans in the men's singles round-of-16; the first time that has ever happened in the U.S. Open, dating back to 1881.

Despite 26 aces and plenty of home-crowd support, unlike in his previous match, 13th-seeded Isner lost to 22nd-seeded Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the third round for the second consecutive year.

After beating France's Gael Monfils in the second round, Isner said he was ''disappointed'' that fans were cheering so vociferously for Monfils. On Saturday, there were chants of ''U-S-A! U-S-A!'' in the second set, and ''Here we go, John! Here we go!'' in the fourth set - but Isner failed once again to figure out Kohlschreiber at Flushing Meadows.

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