On day seven, the halfway point of the tournament, Flushing Meadows is well and truly underway and with a lot of the deadweight now out it’s time the real matches begin.
Novak Djokovic was one of the stars still playing off in the third round, but he had no trouble with Frenchman Julien Benneteau, 6-3 6-2 6-2.
Djokovic looks good; he did not see a single break point, hit 13 aces and 41 winners in the 91-minute victory. He will face Stanislas Wawrinka in the last 16.
Andy Roddick delayed his impending retirement another two days by defeating Italian Fabio Fognini in four sets, 7-5 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 6-4.
Roddick was having fun playing in front of his American fans; he got into the theatrics by pumping up the crowd after a number of big plays. The 2003 champ will face the 2009 winner, Juan Martin del Potro in the next round.
Another former champ, Lleyton Hewitt, saw his courageous run finally end. Fourth seed David Ferrer defeated the embattled Australian 7-6 (11-9) 4-6 6-3 6-0.
Ferrer is having the best year of his career, but has yet to play in a Grand Slam final at age 30.
Hewitt fought hard, his trademark quality, but 61 unforced errors in the first three sets hurt him before he sunkg quickly in the fourth.
Fellow Australian Sam Stosur charged into the quarter-finals after beating British teenager Laura Robson 6-4 6-4.
The victory finally came on Stosur’s ninth match point after Robson did a lot to give the seventh seed a scare towards the end.
Stosur advances, but only to face world No.1 Victoria Azarenka in the next round. Azarenka was an easy winner against Anna Tatishvili, but she has yet to play in a quarter-final at Flushing Meadows- something that may bode in Stosur’s favour.