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  • Federer dominates Beck, into U.S. Open third round

    9/3/10 6:27 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer dominates Beck, into U.S. Open third round Roger Federer cruises past Andreas Beck on Thursday at the U.S. Open. Federer is joined in the third round by Robin Soderling and Jurgen Melzer.

    (2) Roger Federer d. Andreas Beck 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

    Federer cruised through his U.S. Open second-round match on Thursday afternoon, dismissing Beck in just one hour and 41 minutes. The second-ranked Swiss surrendered serve only once and it was an inconsequential break. He led 5-0 in the opening set before Beck broke back at 5-1 on the way to closing the gap to 5-3. However, Federer promptly served out the opener and from there it was all over. One break in each of last two sets was enough for the five-time U.S. Open champion to set up a third-round clash against Paul-Henri Mathieu. Federer recorded 15 aces and zero double-faults, while Mathieu looked good in a straight-set rout of fellow Frenchman Guillaume Rufin.

    (13) Jurgen Melzer d. (Q) Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3, 1-6, 7-5

    Berankis enjoyed a stellar week, qualifying more the main draw before advancing one round, and his run nearly continued on Thursday afternoon. The 20-year-old Lithuanian led Melzer by a break in the fifth set, only to succumb after three hours and 35 minutes of play. Melzer took a two sets to one lead with a solid performance in the third, but that's when the tide turned. Berankis dominated set four and maintained the momentum by seizing a 4-2 advantage in the final frame of play. Melzer, however, battled back en route to 5-5, held serve for 6-5, and broke in a marathon final game to clinch victory. The 15th-ranked Austrian finished with nine aces, nine double-faults, and seven of 21 break points converted. An impressive effort from Berankis was plagued by 20 double-faults.

    (5) Robin Soderling d. Taylor Dent 6-2, 6-2, 6-4

    Dent won a mere two games in three sets against Soderling at the French Open, and it was hardly better for him in second-round U.S. Open action on Thursday. The American managed to win eight games this time, but he was never competitive. Soderling held all 13 of his service games, fighting off just three break points in the process, and converted four of his nine chances. The fifth-ranked Swede had to do nothing more than play a clean match, which he did to the tune of 34 winners against only 11 unforced errors. A hopeless Dent was out-aced 14 to nine and he double-faulted seven times. Next up for Soderling is Thiemo De Bakker, who got past Ivan Dodig when the Croat retired.





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Comments

croc , 9/3/10 10:03 AM


damn he looked really overweight for being a pro tennis player on that level..

bjawad , 9/3/10 10:49 AM


Mate...he looks like HULK!!!

zare , 9/3/10 11:20 AM


That was the most embarrassing performance from Dent - not worthy of a slam at all.
Feel sorry for the home fans who turned out to support him.

ed251137 , 9/3/10 2:09 PM


Federer's win over Beck wasn't as easy as I expected it to be, his first serve % was only 54% and Becks' was 58%. Becks had 11 double faults and Federer had none, but I think Becks' downfall were his UE, numbering 36, whilst Federer only had 18, but Federer only had 3 more winners than Becks - 29 as opposed to 36 for Federer.

I wouldn't exactly call that a domination.

nadline , 9/3/10 2:20 PM


Sorry, I'll say that again:



Federer's win over Beck wasn't as easy as I expected it to be, his first serve % was only 54% and Becks' was 58%. Becks had 11 double faults and Federer had none, but I think Becks' downfall were his UE, numbering 36, whilst Federer only had 18, but Federer only had 3 more winners than Becks - 23 as opposed to 29 for Federer.

I wouldn't exactly call that a domination.


nadline , 9/3/10 2:29 PM


I agree Beck put up a brave fight but Fed was treating it as a practice workout - only doing enough to win the match without over-exerting himself.

ed251137 , 9/3/10 2:55 PM


ed, you may be right, but that was hardly a domination.

Beck's got a great serve, and could cause problems for anyone if he cuts down on his UEs.

nadline , 9/3/10 3:08 PM


@nadline,
if you notice, fed was doing just enough required for winning considering the warm conditions in the court.... Even I won't call it as domination... But Ricky may have choosed to call it considering that at any point Fed wasn't threatened....
Fed even took the break in first set as too casual... may not be against tougher opponents in next rounds...

RMadhu , 9/3/10 3:15 PM


Of course Federer wasn't stretching every sinew to win, he knew he would win anyway, and why tire yourself out over a 2nd round match you know is in the bag, instead saving your energy for later. I was just pointing out that dominating the match was just not how it happened, Becks gave a good account of himself.

nadline , 9/3/10 3:24 PM


Well Federer winning was a given. Let's be honest here, if he struggled against Beck, he would be in serious trouble.
Federer is skipping to the quarters with his eyes shut!

isabeau77 , 9/3/10 4:12 PM


zare - sure dent looks strong, but those man boobs don't go very well with his muscles

croc , 9/3/10 5:02 PM


Croc ure too funny! Leave Taylor alone............maybe its babyfat!!!...hehe!!

Monalysa , 9/3/10 8:11 PM



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