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US Open: Roger Federer cruises through

Roger Federer cruised to another comfortable victory to secure his place in the third round of the US Open

Federer ensured the high temperatures in New York did not cause him any concern by taking just one hour 41 minutes to beat Germany's Andreas Beck 6-3 6-4 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The world number two, seeking to reach a seventh straight US Open final, raced into a 5-0 lead in the opening set against his 24-year-old opponent.

And although the left-hander hit back to take the next three games, Federer re-asserted his authority to close out the set by holding serve to love.

A single break of serve was enough for Federer to take the second set as well, the 16-time grand slam winner closing it out with an ace.

And the 29-year-old broke Beck twice more in the third set to complete a routine win which improves his US Open record to 53-5.

France's Richard Gasquet produced a superb performance to send sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko crashing out in the second round, 6-3 6-3 6-4 6-2.

Croatia's Marin Cilic then became the latest big-name casualty, the 11th seed losing in five sets to Japan's Kei Nishikori in a match which lasted a minute short of five hours.

The second set alone lasted an hour and 17 minutes and the fourth an hour and 13 minutes as Nishikori recovered from two sets to one down to win 5-7 7-6 (8/6) 3-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-1.

American teenager Beatrice Capra gave the home crowd plenty to cheer by knocking out France’s Aravane Rezai, the 18th seed.

The 18-year-old, who is making her main tour and Grand Slam debut in New York, only secured her place in the tournament by winning an eight-woman USTA wild card play-off.

But the world number 371 held her nerve to win 7-5 2-6 6-3 on Grandstand Court.

Capra could now in the third round face former champion Maria Sharapova.

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki hammered Chang Kai-chen of Chinese Taipei 6-0 6-0 in 47 minutes.

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