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Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns the ball against Marcel Granollers, of Spain, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns the ball against Marcel Granollers, of Spain, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Roger Federer roars into fourth round after weather delay Add to ...

Grand slam king Roger Federer came back with renewed vigor after a weather delay to rout Spaniard Marcel Granollers 4-6 6-1 6-1 6-1 and charge into the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

The 42nd-ranked Granollers surprisingly led the second-seeded Swiss 5-2 when lightning and heavy rains suspended their afternoon match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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After play resumed a couple of hours later, 17-times grand slam winner Federer conceded the first set and trailed 1-0 in the second before reeling off nine straight games and a total of 18 of the next 20 to register the one-sided victory.

“I was able to come back and turn it around, because Marcel started really on fire,” 33-year-old Federer told the crowd. “I’m happy the break helped me and I came out and played some great tennis.”

Five-times U.S. Open winner Federer will next play either 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain or France’s Adrian Mannarino.

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