Federer advances at U.S. Open

Sept. 2, 2006 at 1:24 AM

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Roger Federer easily beat England's Tim Henman, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, Friday at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

The Swiss two-time defending champion will face American Vincent Spadea in the third round. Spadea Friday eliminated 29th seeded Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

Fifth-seeded American James Blake ousted Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), and will face Carlos Montoya of Spain in the third round.

No. 7 Russian Nikolay Davydenko beat Nicolas Mahut of France, and 10th-seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, victory over Czech Jan Hajek.

Twelfth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych eliminated German Florian Mayer, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; 14th-seeded German Tommy Haas beat Dutchman Raemon Sluiter, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3; and 16h-seeded Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferraro was upset by Marc Gicquel.

Rain Friday night forced the postponement of the third-round match featuring fourth seed David Nalbandian and 2000 U.S. Open winner Marat Safin.

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