Roger Federer continued his smooth progress through the US Open draw with a straight-sets win over 13th seed Jurgen Melzer in round four.
The five-time champion was in good form as he eased to a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory in the night session.
Federer had some luck in the second set tie-break with two net-cords and had to recover from a break down in the third but was always in control of the match.
The Swiss will play fifth seed Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals.
Soderling had to recover from losing the first set before finally seeing off Spain’s 21st seed Albert Montanes 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3 on the Louis Armstrong Stadium.
“He’s always been a dangerous player but these days he’s been able to do it consistently, at the highest level,” said Federer of Soderling. “So this is a tough draw for me, playing him in the quarters.”
Federer leads Soderling 12-1 in head-to-head results but lost their last match at the French Open this year, ending his run of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals.
Therefore Federer knows his opponent will be wanting more of the same.
“I expect it to be really tough, especially now that he has gotten a taste of how to beat me,” said Federer.
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