1 Sep 2008

Federer into last 16 in New York

8:19 am on 1 September 2008

Champion Roger Federer has moved into the fourth round of the U.S. tennis Open in New York with a hassle-free straight sets victory over 28th seed Radek Stepanek.

The Swiss second seed, chasing his fifth successive U.S. Open crown but his first grand slam title of the year, served superbly as he breezed past the Czech to reach the last 16.

Stepanek beat Federer in Rome in May but the Swiss was on his game from the start, particularly on serve, frequently leaving the 29-year-old hitting air on his returns.

The Czech stayed with Federer in the second set until 3-all but the second seed then pulled away to set up a meeting with Spaniard Fernando Verdasco or Igor Andreev of Russia.