• US Open, Day Four

Federer on cruise control in second round

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World No. 1 Roger Federer glided into the third round of the US Open with consummate ease on Thursday evening, recording a straight-sets win over Bjorn Phau.

Federer pushed his German opponent around the court at will throughout the contest, and also approached the net to end points swiftly in the 6-2 6-3 6-2 triumph. After stealing the march on Phau early on, Federer cruised through the match exerting little energy on a pleasant night in New York.

A break of serve in the fourth game of the opening set handed Federer an advantage he would hold for the remainder of the match. However, Phau battled away valiantly, holding serve against the odds to push the score to 4-2.

But the Swiss sealed the first set with another break of serve, and carried that momentum into the second as he began to lift the tempo on his forehand. As the set wore on, Phau was forced deep behind the baseline, with Federer making an evident attempt to finish points early.

It was Federer's forehand which finished off the second set as Phau appeared dejected. Indeed, Phau headed to the chair scratching his head.

The onslaught was to continue, though, as Federer broke in the first game of the third set to assume a commanding lead. With a variety of winners being struck from both wings, Federer then reeled off the shot of the match with a leaping backhand volley to ease to 4-1.

The match came to a fitting end a few moments later as Federer sent down his 13th ace of the contest to waltz into the third round of the final grand slam of 2012.

Federer will now take on Fernando Verdasco following the Spaniard's four-set win over compatriot Albert Ramos earlier on Thursday.

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