Federer coasts, Nadal struggles

Aug. 29, 2007 at 11:06 PM   |   0 comments

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Roger Federer, dressed all in black, breezed into the third round of the U.S. Open Wednesday.

Federer defeated Paul Capdeville 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, overcoming a brief second-set stretch when he fell behind by a service break.

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, needed treatment for an aching left knee but still advanced in four sets. Nadal ousted Alum Jones 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 after twice calling for assistance from a trainer because of tendinitis.

No. 8 seed Tommy Robredo also reached the second round by downing Bobby Reynolds 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, and 11th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny cruised past Nicolas Devilder 6-0, 6-1, 6-2.

Other winners Wednesday included Marat Safin, Carlos Moya, Robby Ginepri and Mardy Fish.

Safin, a former U.S. Open champion now seeded 25th, had to work before ousting Frank Dancevic 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7). Moya was a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 winner over Bjorn Phau.

The day's biggest surprise was a mild one -- Ernest Gulbis defeating No. 30 seed Potito Starace 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

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