Roger Federer sailed through to the third round of the US Open tennis tournament on Thursday, with a three set win over Israeli Dudi Sela.
The Swiss world number three needed only one hour 17 minutes to beat his challenger, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
He now has the second-highest number of grand slam victories in the Open era. On Monday he equalled Andre Agassi’s total, and has eight victories to go to catch up with Jimmy Connors.
Federer, who has won at Flushing Meadows five times in his career, currently holds no grand slam titles.
The last man over 30 to win a grand slam tournament was Agassi at the 2003 Australian Open. Federer turned 30 on August 8.
Fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka exited the tournament on Friday, losing 7-6 (7), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) to Donald Young of the United States.
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