Srebotnik eliminates Kuznetsova

New York, August 30:

Roger Federer rolled to his 29th straight US Open match victory and the women shuffled the chairs in the race to knock Ana Ivanovic off her No 1 perch on Friday. Federer, who is trying to salvage a season where he has yet to win a title on the hardcourts, has not lost a match at Flushing Meadows since 2003.

Four-time reigning champion Federer extended his brilliant run by breezing past Brazilian Thiago Alves 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round. Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva, both of whom have a shot at seizing the No 1 ranking, beat tough unseeded opponents to reach the fourth round.

American eighth seed Andy Roddick had to rally from a shaky first set to defeat Latvian teenager Ernests Gulbis 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 7-5. In other men’s second round play, Russian fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko defeated Agustin Calleri of Argentina, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 and compatriot Dmitry Tursunov beat Victor Hanescu 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Gilles Muller outlasted Germany’s Tommy Haas 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 and Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Robert Kendrick of the US 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

On the women’s side, world No 2 Jankovic defeated Zheng Jie of China 7-5, 7-5 in a third round match. Slovakia’s Katarina Srebotnik, seeded 28th, ousted third seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3.

Fifth-seeded Dementieva defeated Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-3, 6-4. Dementieva booked a date against China’s Li Na, who beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.