NEW YORK - Roger Federer destroyed David Goffin 6-2 6-2 6-0 on Sunday to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals and keep his bid for a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title alive.
The Swiss third seed fired 35 winners and 10 aces to see off the outclassed Belgian in a speedy 80 minutes on a sunny day at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 38-year-old Federer was at his best when it mattered most, converting nine of his 10 break point opportunities to set up a meeting with Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday.
The only drama came early when Goffin, seeded 15th, broke Federer to take a 2-1 lead in the first set but the Swiss broke back in the next game and cruised to the finish line.
“Sometimes these scores just happen,” Federer told reporters.
“You catch a good day, the opponent doesn’t, then things happen very quickly.
“I found my groove after a while and was able to roll really. Never looked back. David wasn’t nearly as good as I expected him to be. He was struggling a little bit today. I was able to take advantage of it, and I think that’s the key.”
Goffin was downbeat after his ninth loss in 10 matches against Federer.
“I gave completely,” Goffin told reporters.
“Of course he was great, but I gave the whole match. It’s tough to say. But, yeah, probably my worst match against him.”
Serena advances despite ankle injury
Serena Williams needed a medical timeout in the second set of her 6-3 6-4 win over Petra Martic on Sunday to get treatment on her right ankle but recovered to advance to the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
Williams fell to the court at 2-2 in the second set after charging to the net to hit a volley that sailed long.
The 37-year-old American eighth seed got treatment on her ankle during the changeover and appeared to be fine, smacking 38 winners on a sunny day at Arthur Ashe Stadium court.
Williams blasted her fourth ace on match point to see off 28-year-old Croatian Martic and reach the last eight, where she will face Wang Qiang of China for the first time.