NEW YORK — While his arch-rival Rafael Nadal is missing yet another Grand Slam tournament with an injury, Roger Federer is playing in his 60th straight Major and continues to look like a man who could win one for the 18th time.
Federer, the 33-year-old father of four, overcame a slow start and a rain delay of almost two hours to dispatch Marcel Granollers, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open, a tournament he has won five times but not since 2008.
In the fourth round, No. 2 Federer will face No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, a man he has never met before.
Federer’s draw looks favorable for him to reach the final, especially after No. 4 David Ferrer — his potential semifinal opponent — was ousted Sunday by No. 26 Gilles Simon in four sets.