NEW YORK – Roger Federer took another step in his campaign for a sixth U.S. Open title by defeating Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-2 Saturday to advance to the fourth round of the year’s final major.
Cilic, the lanky 27th seed, had his chances but could convert only two of nine break-point chances against the third-seeded Swiss. The Croat double-faulted at set point in the third set and never recovered.
The 30-year-old Federer is looking to set an Open-era record with a sixth U.S. Open crown. He currently is tied with Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras with five titles.
In the round of 16 Federer will face either Argentine Juan Monaco or Tommy Haas of Germany.