(August 31, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 7 Roger Federer made quick work of Adrian Mannarino of France 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 on Saturday night to earn a spot in the fourth round of the US Open for the 13th straight year. It’s Federer’s 56th straight major, tying him for the record with Wayne Ferreira.
The 17-time major winner won over No. 63 Mannarino in 81 minutes. The man from Switzerland has spent 4 1/2 hours on court so far in the tournament, losing 21 games along the way.
Federer will play his next match against Spain’s Tommy Robredo. “I think he’s a very good player,” Federer said. “Mentally and physically really tough. I think he showed that in Paris this year. I think he won three five‑setters in a row. He’s done very well for many, many years until he got some injuries and stuff.
“He’s also a player I’ve known since a long time. He came through the juniors with me. He’s only a year younger than I am. I know his game well. He knows mine really well. We have played I think over 10 times on the tour.
“I think he’s got a great forehand, so I have to be wary of that always against him.”
Federer has a perfect 10- 0 record against the Spaniard. Should Federer win he could face Rafael Nadal for the first time at the US Open. They’ve met 31 times in their career, Nadal holding a 21-10 lead.
“I’m really focused on making sure that from my side I do things the right way and professional, Federer said. “I don’t look ahead, even though I understand the urge of the press, you know, to try to go there already, which is entirely normal. I have gone through that my entire career, people talking about our matches even before the tournament started.
“We’re used to it. We know how to handle it. Clearly I think we both hope it’s going to happen this time for the first time in New York.”
Federer won the US Open five straight times from 2004-2008.