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Federer and Nadal through at a canter

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Federer goes through


Roger Federer booked his place in the third round of the US Open after easing past Carlos Berlocq at Flushing Meadows.

The record 17-time grand slam champion beat world No. 48 Berlocq 6-3 6-2 6-1 in 95 minutes at the US Open, and this time he had no trouble in the second round of a major, as it was at this stage that the Swiss was shocked by Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon.

Federer is in the same quarter as Rafael Nadal, and was asked about a potential match-up against the in-form Spaniard. "I am well aware of the draw. But, at the moment, I am clearly focusing on round by round and it would be a big mistake if I was thinking too much about Rafa," he said. "I would love a match with Rafa but, for that to happen, I have to keep playing well and keep winning. Right now it's about winning for me, trying to gain confidence and enjoy myself. I hope I can progress, we'll see how it goes."

Rafael Nadal's form continued as he thrashed Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-2 6-1 6-0 in 92 minutes. "I'm trying to play more aggressive," Nadal said. "I didn't have time to practise a lot because I was injured for seven months and when I started to feel better I started to compete. I need to play more aggressive - I'm trying to work on this my whole career but it's more mental than a training thing."

World No. 4 David Ferrer overcame a shaky second-set tiebreaker to defeat fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2. Ferrer had 20 unforced errors in the second set, 25 in the other three combined. The 64th-ranked Bautista Agut was making his US Open debut.

As one of the few Americans in with a chance, 13th seed John Isner was surprised to hear the usually partisan crowd supporting his opponent, France's Gael Monfils, but it was more because they wanted action rather than another three-set cruise. They got what they wanted as Isner went through 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4). "It was surprising, actually," Monfils said. "It was surprising but it was good. It's so much fun to share the court with him."

The next-highest ranked American, , 26th-seeded Sam Querrey, lost earlier to Adrian Mannarino of France 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-4.

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