Federer roars into fourth round after rain delay

Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:55pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Grand slam king Roger Federer came back with renewed vigor after a weather delay to rout Spaniard Marcel Granollers 4-6 6-1 6-1 6-1 and charge into the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

The 42nd-ranked Granollers surprisingly led the second-seeded Swiss 5-2 when lightning and heavy rains suspended their afternoon match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

After play resumed a couple of hours later, 17-times grand slam winner Federer conceded the first set and trailed 1-0 in the second before taking 18 of the next 20 games to secure victory.

"I was able to come back and turn it around, because Marcel started really on fire," 33-year-old Federer told the crowd. "I'm happy the break helped me and I came out and played some great tennis."

Five-times U.S. Open winner Federer will next play 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, who beat France's Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-2 6-3.

Federer holds the all-time men's record for most grand slam singles titles but has come up empty over the last eight dating back to the 2012 Wimbledon tournament.

With his nemesis Rafa Nadal, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, missing the tournament with a wrist injury and the Swiss playing in the softer side of the draw, this could be a great chance for Wimbledon runner-up Federer to add to his record total.

Federer said he is feeling great and looking forward to this opportunity in his 60th successive grand slam appearance.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Marcel Granollers of Spain in the men's singles play following their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 31, 2014. REUTERS/Adam Hunger