Roger Federer beats Jurgen Melzer in US Open last 16

September 7, 2010

Roger Federer beats Jurgen Melzer in US Open last 16

US Open, Flushing Meadows
Dates: 30 August – 12 September 2010#

Federer expects tough Soderling test

Roger Federer continued his smooth progress through the US Open draw with a straight-sets win over 13th seed Jurgen Melzer in round four.

The five-time champion was in good form as he eased to a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory in the night session.

Federer had some luck in the second set tie-break with two net-cords and had to recover from a break down in the third but was always in control of the match.

The Swiss will play fifth seed Robin Soderling in the quarter-finals.

Soderling had to recover from losing the first set before finally seeing off Spain’s 21st seed Albert Montanes 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3 on the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

“He’s always been a dangerous player but these days he’s been able to do it consistently, at the highest level,” said Federer of Soderling. “So this is a tough draw for me, playing him in the quarters.”

Federer leads Soderling 12-1 in head-to-head results but lost their last match at the French Open this year, ending his run of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals.

Therefore Federer knows his opponent will be wanting more of the same.

“I expect it to be really tough, especially now that he has gotten a taste of how to beat me,” said Federer.

“It’s up to me to clean up my game and put in a good performance.

“He’s been able to string together a few good years now on the tour. Before he was very good already but he was a bit up and down. That’s also maybe why his ranking was a bit lower. Now he is playing really well.

“Little things can have a huge impact – just growing up, too. It took me a long time to figure out that staying calm was going to be better for my game than not. I only realised that at about 20 years old.”

Federer was not at his absolute best in the night match and had a bit of fortune in the second set tie-break with two dead net cords, the second coming at 4-4, but he was rarely troubled by Melzer.

It was a great performance and probably my best so far in the tournament

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