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Nadal continues merciless US Open path

August 31, 2008 01:13 IST

Top seed Rafael Nadal continued his merciless path through the U.S. Open draw on Saturday with a 6-4 6-3 6-0 third-round victory over Serbian Viktor Troicki.

The world number one, champion at the French Open and Wimbledon this year but chasing his first Flushing Meadows title, trailed 3-1 in the second set but won 11 straight games to clinch another dominant win.

Serving well, world number 71 Troicki caused Nadal plenty of problems early on but the Spaniard snatched a break in the 10th game to take the opening set.

The Serbian caused a ripple of excitement when he broke on the way to a 3-1 lead in the second set. Nadal reacted by moving through the gears to roar home and set up a fourth-round battle with American Sam Querrey.

(Writing by Simon Cambers, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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