Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Top seed Roger Federer and Olympic
gold medalist Andy Murray were among Saturday's third-round winners at the
The 17-time Grand Slam king Federer, who captured his seventh Wimbledon title
in July, needed just over two hours to beat 25th-seeded Spaniard Fernando
Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The super Swiss, who is tied with Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras with five
U.S. Open titles, is also going for his seventh championship this year.
Federer will play either 16th-seeded Gilles Simon of France or 23rd-seeded
American Mardy Fish in the fourth round.
The third-seeded Murray took down 30th-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6
(7-5), 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4).
The British star Murray beat Federer in the gold-medal match at the London
Olympic Games last month and lost to Federer in the Wimbledon final this year.
Murray, who was the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up to the great Federer, will face
either Milos Raonic, the No. 15 seed, or American James Blake in the next
Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, the No. 11 seed, beat American Jack Sock 7-6 (7-3),
6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1, No. 12 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia got past 17th-
seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 and Martin Klizan of
Slovakia defeated 32nd-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
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