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Federer, Murray into Round of 16 in N.Y.

Sept. 2, 2012 at 2:11 AM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Roger Federer bested No. 25 Fernando Verdasco and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray also advanced to the Round of 16 Saturday at the U.S. Open.

Federer, seeking his sixth U.S. Open title, had little trouble with the Spaniard, logging a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in third-round action.

His next opponent will be American Mardy Fish, who defeated 16th-seeded Gilles Simon of France, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Murray, meanwhile, moved on with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) decision over 30th-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. He'll next will face 15th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, who dispatched American James Blake, 6-3, 6-0, 7-6 (7-3).

Also moving into the Round of 16 were 11th-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain, who beat American Jack Sock 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1, and No. 12 Marin Cilic of Croatia, who managed a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Slovakia's Martin Klizan also advanced with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of 32nd-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, while sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych doused No. 27 Sam Querrey of the United States 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

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