December 6, 2013
Tennis — US openFriday, August 30, 2013
Federer easily beats Argentine Berlocq
Serena moves on; teary Errani exits
Five-time champion Roger Federer, the seventh seed, dispatched Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-3 6-2 6-1 in 95 minutes. Serena Williams got an easy second-round victory 6-3 6-0 over Galina Voskoboeva, while Sara Errani was eliminated by fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta.
NEW YORK — Roger Federer enjoyed a routine 6-3 6-2 6-1 win over Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq in the second round of the US Open yesterday to stay on track for a mouthwatering early clash with Rafael Nadal.
“It’s one of those matches I expect myself to win if possible in straight sets and gain confidence in the process,” the 32-year-old Swiss star said. “All those things happened, so I’m pleased about it.”
The five-time US Open champion needed just 95 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium court to dispatch the overmatched Berlocq and secure a spot in the third round.
Federer is on a collision course to meet world number two Nadal in the quarterfinals instead of the usual semifinal or finals stage where he most often has encountered the Spaniard.
But it has been a down year for Federer, who has been bothered by a back injury and notched just one tournament win. He claimed the grass title at Halle over Michael Youzhny in a lead-up to Wimbledon, where the Swiss suffered a shock second-round ouster by Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Also, Argentine Máximo González was eliminated as he lost 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 7-5 6-2 to Jack Sock of the US.
On Wednesday night, defending champion Andy Murray defeated Frenchman Michael Llodrá 6-2 6-4 6-3 and will next face Argentine Leonardo Mayer, a 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-4) winner against Romania’s Victor Hanescu.
Juan Martín del Potro will face former world number one Lleyton Hewitt today.
In the women’s draw, the considerable gulf between No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 4 Sara Errani was hard to ignore in their back-to-back matches yesterday.
Williams, seeking her 17th Grand Slam title and second straight at Flushing Meadows, brushed off an ungainly slide onto her backside en route to a typically easy second-round victory 6-3 6-0 over Galina Voskoboeva in half-full Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Only an hour before on the same court, a much different scene: Errani imploded in a 6-3 6-1 loss to fellow Italian, 83rd-ranked Flavia Pennetta. Then, while tears welled up in her eyes, Errani conceded that she’s struggling to handle her high ranking and the high expectations that have come with that.
“My problem isn’t that I lost,” Errani said. “My problem is trying to find the desire to fight and be on the court ready to fight. For a few weeks, I haven’t felt like I wanted to be on the court. That’s the problem.”
Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka had no trouble in defeating Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada 6-3 6-1 to breeze into the next round, while Argentine Paula Ormaechea lost 6-2 6-3 to German Sabine Lisicki.