Federer reaches 3rd round of U.S. Open

Sept. 1, 2006 at 5:08 PM

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Roger Federer appeared headed towards a third consecutive U.S. Open title Friday, defeating Tim Henman of Britain in the second round.

The victory was Federer's 16th in a row in the Open.

Federer won 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, breaking Henman's serve four times in a contest that took just two hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.

The phenomenal Swiss player is the No. 1 male player in the world and has won eight Grand Slam tournaments. This year's haul includes the Australian Open and Wimbledon, where he has taken the title four times.

In the third round, Federer plays the winner of the contest between Jonas Bjorkman and Vincent Spadea.

Other second-round winners were 10th-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, who beat Czech Jan Hajek, and 18th-seeded Robby Ginepri, who defeated Paul Goldstein in an all United States contest.

In women's matches, former champion Justine Henin-Hardenne beat 28th-seeded Ai Sugiyama of Japan 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.

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