NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Federer has stretched his U.S. Open winning streak to 36 matches by reaching the third round.
The top-seeded Federer beat 65th-ranked Simon Greul of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 Wednesday night before a night-session record crowd of 24,206.
Federer is trying to become the first man since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win the American Grand Slam tournament six years in a row.
Next up for Federer: a match against 2001 U.S. Open champion Lleyton Hewitt. The 31st-seeded Hewitt beat Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.
Federer has won 13 consecutive matches against Hewitt, including
victories over the Australian in the 2004 final and 2005 semifinals
at Flushing Meadows.