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Last Updated: Monday, 1 September, 2003, 03:09 GMT 04:09 UK
Federer crushes Blake
Men's round-up - day seven

Roger Federer
Swiss second seed Roger Federer advanced to the fourth round of the US Open after crushing James Blake of the United States 6-3 7-6 6-3.

Federer was in the sort of form which took him to the Wimbledon title this year, with Blake staving off an amazing 19 out of 20 break-point opportunities, and surviving 10 deuces in one service game.

"I don't know how many (break points) I missed, especially in the second set," Federer said.

"That just happens. I always felt in control of the second set. They were cheering like he won the match when he just held serve."

The 22-year-old will now play 13th seed David Nalbandian for a place in the quarter-finals after the Argentine defeated Australia's Mark Philippoussis 7-5 6-7 6-3 6-2.

It will be an intriguing contest. Federer will start as favourite, but Nalbandian has won all four career meetings against the Swiss.

"Since the Cincinnati (Masters Series) event (earlier this month) I have been working very hard on my fitness," said Nalbandian.

"I can't tell you what I've been doing, it's top secret. But it's been good for me."

Younes El Aynaoui came through a dramatic five-set encounter with 10th seed Jiri Novak to move into the last 16.

The 22nd seed ripped off his shirt and threw his rackets into the crowd after beating Novak 7-6 5-7 3-6 6-3 7-6.

El Aynaoui won the final-set tie-break 7-5 after Novak pushed a simple backhand volley wide, and it was the signal for the Moroccan to collapse in relief to the floor of the grandstand court.

Carlos Moya
Moya looked impressive against Massu
It was a tumultuous three hour, 29 minute match appreciated by the galleries, who gave the pair a standing ovation at the start of the fifth-set tie-break.

El Aynaoui was involved in the longest fifth set, in terms of games, in men's singles Grand Slam history in January, when he lost 21-19 to Andy Roddick in the deciding set of their Australian Open quarter-final.

The Moroccan goes on to play seventh seed Carlos Moya in the fourth round after the Spaniard beat Chile's Nicolas Massu.

The 1998 French Open champion won 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Andre Agassi had no trouble completing his rain-delayed match against Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

The top seed began the day leading by a set and 1-0 and finished off the third-round tie 6-3 7-6 6-4.

Fellow American and tournament favourite Andy Roddick was equally impressive, seeing off Brazil's Flavio Saretta 6-1 6-3 6-3 in one hour 27 minutes.

In the same quarter of the draw as Roddick, 12th seed Sjeng Schalken will meet eighth seed Rainer Schuettler for a place in the last eight.

Schalken beat Croatian Ivo Karlovic, conqueror of Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon, 7-6 7-6 7-6, while Schuettler eased past Alberto Martin 6-1 6-4 6-2.





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