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Federer cruises at US Open, Bouchard suffers head injury

AFP logoAFP 06-09-2015 Dave James
Roger Federer Switzerland returns the ball to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during their US Open men's singles match in New York on September 5, 2015 © Provided by AFP Roger Federer Switzerland returns the ball to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during their US Open men's singles match in New York on September 5, 2015

Roger Federer defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber for the 10th time to reach the US Open last 16 on Saturday as Canadian golden girl Eugenie Bouchard suffered a potentially tournament-ending head injury.

Five-time champion and world number two Federer claimed a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over his 29th-ranked German opponent.

The 34-year-old Swiss star, hoping to become the oldest champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970, will next face US 13th seed John Isner, who progressed after Czech opponent Jiri Vesely retired with a neck injury after dropping the first two sets.

Bouchard, meanwhile, was facing a battle to make her scheduled last-16 clash with Italy's Roberto Vinci on Sunday after injuring her head in a fall in the women's locker room on Friday.

The 21-year-old Canadian star withdrew from the women's and mixed doubles tournament on medical advice.

"The severity of the injury was and continues to be assessed by the on-site medical personnel at the US Open," said tournament director David Brewer.

"No determination about competing in the singles competition has been made at this time. Bouchard will continue with medical evaluation and treatment for the remainder of the day.

"An update on her condition will be provided later today."

Federer has now reached the fourth round in New York for the 15th year as he looks to return to the final for the first time since 2009.

His win was only marred by him dropping serve for the first time since Wimbledon.

"I won the big points today, I served well when I had to, even though it was up and down for both of us," said Federer, who will take a 4-1 career lead over Isner into their fourth round clash.

"He stood far back to return so I had to do a reset in my mind. Philipp's a great player.

"I have practiced with him tons so I know how tough he is."

Federer also avoided falling out of the tournament as long-time rival Rafael Nadal had done on Friday night in the Spaniard's earliest exit in New York in 10 years.

Later Saturday, Britain's Andy Murray, the champion in 2012, faces 30th seed Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, who has reached the third round for the first time.

Fifth seed Stan Wawrinka, the French Open champion, is also looking for a last-16 place when he faces Belgian world number 107 Rubens Bemmelmans, who had never won a match in New York before this year.

Bemmelmans secured a place in his first third round at a major when American opponent Jack Sock retired through heat exhaustion on Thursday.

Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist in 2012, reached the last 16 for a fourth successive year by beating Spain's Guillermo García-Lopez 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (9/7), 6-3, 6-3.

He next plays 12th seed Richard Gasquet, one of four Frenchmen in the last 16, who defeated Australia's Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

In the women's event, two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, the Czech fifth seed, eased past Anna Karolína Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-1.

She next faces British qualifier Johanna Konta, the world number 97 who beat German 18th seed Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (7/2), 6-3.

Konta will be playing in her first Grand Slam fourth round.

"I'm just happy to win it," Konta said. "It was definitely tough."

Sydney-born Konta joined Laura Robson from 2012 as the only British women in the fourth round on the New York hardcourts since Jo Durie in 1991.

No British woman has reached the US Open final since Virginia Wade defeated Billie Jean King in the 1968 final.

Also advancing was Australia's 22nd-seeded Samantha Stosur, who ousted Italian 16th seed Sara Errani 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

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