Tennis: Federer targets Nadal after making US Open last 16
NEW YORK (AFP) - Roger Federer moved closer to a potential first US Open clash against old rival Rafael Nadal on Saturday when he breezed past France's Adrian Mannarino to reach the last 16.
Former five-time champion Federer raced to 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 win over the left-handed world number 63, who has never beaten a top-10 player in seven attempts.
That grim statistic never looked like changing on Saturday as he was broken six times and managed just eight winners to Federer's 34.
Federer, seeded at seven in New York this year in what his lowest ranking for 11 years, next tackles fellow veteran Tommy Robredo of Spain, against whom he enjoys a 10-0 winning record.