PRINCE OF darkness Roger Federer unleashed his champagne tennis on Chilean Paul Capdeville with an impressive 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 display to rip into the third round of the US Open tennis tournament.
Top seed Federer, clad totally in black for the Wednesday night session, extended his Flushing Meadows win streak to 22 matches.
Federer will now face John Isner, who beat South African Rik de Voest 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
Hingis, Kuznetsova in third round
Martina Hingis broke her pattern and Svetlana Kuznetsova pounded away Thursday to reach the third round of the U.S. Open.
After Hingis and 106th-ranked Pauline Parmentier of France traded six straight service breaks, the 1997 Open champion closed out the match 6-2, 7-5. The fourth-seeded Kuznetsova didn’t dally in beating Camille Pin of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.
American teen Donald Young also made it to the third round, and he didn’t have to pick up his racket. The 18-year-old Wimbledon junior champ won in a walkover when No. 13 Richard Gasquet of France withdrew because of a fever and a sore throat. Also out of the tournament, at least on the singles side, was Bethanie Mattek. She lost to No. 18 Shahar Peer of Israel 6-2, 6-1.
Bhupathi in, Paes out
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS Leander Paes and his Czech partner Martin Damm crashed out of the US Open with a first round defeat even though another Indian, Mahesh Bhupathi, and his Serbian teammate Nenad Zimonjic reached the second round of the men’s doubles event.
Fourth seeds Paes and Damm lost 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 4-6 to unseeded Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut, while Bhupathi and Zimonjic, seeded sixth, downed Russian pair of Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 7-5. The Indo-Serbian pair will now take on Americans Robert Kendrick and Sam Querrey in the second round.