Flushing Meadows, NY – Five-time champion Roger Federer round winner Thursday at the U.S. Open.
The third-seeded former world No. 1 superstar destroyed helpless Israeli Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in a mere 77 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 2011 French Open runner-up Federer held his serve throughout and struck 21 more winners (31-10) than Sela on Day 4 of the fortnight.
Federer was the U.S. Open champion five straight years from 2004-08 and the 2009 runner-up to Argentine slugger Juan Martin del Potro.
The 16-time Grand Slam champ, who is now 58-6 lifetime in Flushing Meadows, is seeking his first major title since capturing last year's Australian Open.
In other action involving seeds, Argentine Juan Monaco upended No. 23 Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-1, 2-0, retired, and South African slugger Kevin Anderson drubbed No. 29 Frenchman Michael Llodra 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 on the hardcourts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.