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Roger Federer - Fernando Verdasco Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SwitzerlandR Federer666--
SpainF Verdasco344--

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  1. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 6-4 - GAME, SET AND MATCH! Service winner, ace, Verdasco error brings up three match points. The Spaniard saves one, but Federer in no mood to hang around. Two hours and two minutes after he started, he's in the last 16. Next up - Simon or Fish. Draw

  2. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 5-4 - Verdasco goes too far looking for the line, letting Federer back in at 30-15, but that forehand has won him a lot of points this afternoon - he's hit 27 winners to Federer's 28 so far. It's the errors that cost him, but at 40-30 he produces a big serve to make Federer serve out.

  3. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 5-3 - Game Federer. The Swiss could be off court in around two hours here - compares well to Murray, who is three and a half hours and counting on Louis Armstrong.

  4. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 4-3 - Quick-fire hold from Verdasco - he shows great volleying skills to get out of jail at the net. The Spaniard not playing like a beaten man - though he might be done with this match in the next 10 minutes.

  5. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 4-2 - Another hold of serve from Federer - and he now needs just two more of them to take the match. The last 16 awaits.

  6. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 3-2 - Verdasco thinks he's done enough to hold his serve - but he's wrong - Federer slams a volley past him and into the corner to keep the game going. From deuce Verdasco nets a forehand, much to his ire, but he refuses to drop serve again. Some terrific forehands - the kind that took him to an Australian Open semi-final a few years ago - get him over the line.

  7. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 3-1 - Just six aces for Federer so far today, but he's just untouchable on serve. He's won 53 of 68 serves, and Verdasco looks no closer to getting back into the match here.

  8. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 2-1 - BREAK! The errors are what is hurting Verdasco - he's just made that many more of them compared to his opponent. His eighth double fault lets Federer in to the game, but a forehand down the line gets him back to 30-30. Federer, however, senses this is the moment, and breaks when Verdasco knocks a backhand into the net. That might just be that.

  9. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 1-1 - Chink of light for Verdasco at 15-30, but Federer closes the curtain on that with a couple of points. It goes to deuce, but the world number one emerges unscathed.

  10. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 0-1 - If Verdasco harbours any hopes of coming back into this match, he had to begin the third set with a hold of serve, and that's exactly what he does. Still a remarkably long road back from this point against the man who's won five times at Flushing Meadows.

  11. - - FEDERER 6-3 6-4 - SET! While Murray, his potential semi-final opponent, struggles on Louis Armstrong, Federer is making solid progress against another tricky Spaniard. The Swiss coasts to the set, and now just needs one more to reach the last 16 after 80 minutes of play. Mardy Fish or Gilles Simon would await him next. Draw

  12. - - FEDERER 6-3 5-4 - Verdasco makes sure that the world number one will have to serve out the set by holding to 15. His forehand in particular looks to be working well now - and apart from that four-game losing run at the end of the first and start of the second set, he's looked in decent touch.

  13. - - FEDERER 6-3 5-3 - Federer just needs to keep holding serve to get through this second set - a situation he's found himself in a thousand times before. He holds expertly, and needs to repeat it just once more for a two-set lead.

  14. - - FEDERER 6-3 4-3 - Verdasco's holds of serve have become a little more convincing, and he's trading well with Federer from the baseline. Terrific pick-up on the backhand as the Swiss comes at him, only for Federer to deliver another winner. Verdasco despite that comes through - but he's still behind.

  15. - - FEDERER 6-3 4-2 - Verdasco throwing the kitchen sink at Federer on the Swiss' serve, as he has to in order to get anywhere near him. It's risky - and he finds himself missing wildly on occasion, but he earns a break point nonetheless. Federer lucky to survive it - Verdasco swings at the ball, only to blast wide. Federer carries on, and keeps his hold.

  16. - - FEDERER 6-3 3-2 - Three deuces in this game, which stretches over six minutes as Verdasco tries repeatedly to get over the line, only for Federer to slam a winner and drag it out. At the fourth time of asking with a powerful backhand crosscourt the Spaniard holds.

  17. - - FEDERER 6-3 3-1 - Verdasco offers a little reminder of his talent with a running backhand down the line, which was sublime. But these moments of inspiration are fitful, and Federer is consistently getting it done. Another hold of serve.

  18. - - FEDERER 6-3 2-1 - It's getting uglier - Verdasco slips to 0-40 down on his serve. But he shows some fight, with a couple of biffing left-handed forehands that beat Federer and force deuce. And he goes on to hold - not exactly turning the corner, but keeping himself just about in the match.

  19. - - FEDERER 6-3 2-0 - Four points in a row for the world number one, who is moving along serenely. The pair have met four times on the tour, and the Swiss has won the lot - who'd bet against him making it five from five?

  20. - - FEDERER 6-3 1-0 - BREAK! Verdasco sliding out of this tournament. Needed a strong start to the second set, but instead is broken for the second time in a row, again ending with a backhand into the net.

  21. - - FEDERER 6-3 - SET! Pulverising play from Federer - the returns float up to half-court, the putaways are put away. Three set points arrive in a hurry, and he only needs one.

  22. - - FEDERER 5-3 - BREAK! Some enjoyable exchanges between these two when they trade groundstrokes. Lefty Verdasco's forehand testing out Federer's one-handed backhand was a fascinating match-up, but despite getting himself ahead, Verdasco is pegged back to deuce, and then left break point down when he flashes a backhand into the net. Another lengthy rally, but this one goes the Swiss' way with a baseline stroke from Verdasco that sails long.

  23. - - FEDERER 4-3 - But Federer has kept Verdasco at arm's length on serve, and shows no signs of stopping. The 25th seed has won just three points to Federer's 16 when receiving.

  24. - - FEDERER 3-3 - Verdasco keeping himself in touch, holding to thirty this time and playing solidly.

  25. - - FEDERER 3-2 - True to form, Federer holds with ease. The Swiss has not won the US Open since 2008, but he looks like the favourite as things stand.

  26. - - FEDERER 2-2 - Nervy moments for Verdasco, who is made to work hard from deuce to hold his serve - but he manages it. This has shades of the Serena v Makarova earlier on the same court - where one woman was racing through her serves, and the other was struggling through hers.

  27. - - FEDERER 2-1 - And Federer noses back in front - no big surprises in the opening on Arthur Ashe.

  28. - - FEDERER 1-1 - Verdasco levels by the same score, although there's a comic incident when the Spaniard attempts to serve at 40-15 up, only to toss the ball back over his head. You don't see the pros doing that every day.

  29. - - FEDERER 1-0 - Here's a start we've seen once or twice in the Swiss' career - a comfortable hold to 15 in good time.

  30. - - Next up on Arther Ashe - it's the world number one Roger Federer. The Swiss has an interesting looking tussle ahead of him against 25th seed Fernando Verdasco in the third round.

Roger Federer

Nationality SUI
Date of Birth 08/08/1981
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

Fernando Verdasco

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 15/11/1983
Height 1.88 m
Weight 88 kg

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