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Sock stuns former Champ Cilic, Easy for Nadal, Easier for Djokovic

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American tennis player Jack Sock upset 2014 champion Marin Cilic of Croatia in surprisingly routine fashion, breezing into the US Open pre-quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory, while big names Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also progressed to the Round of 16.

The 26th-seeded Sock, who is known for his huge forehand and big serve but not for a stellar return game, on Friday broke Cilic's serve four times in three sets to win in an hour and 41 minutes at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. Sock completely dominated his own service games, not facing a single break point in the contest.

Next up for the 23-year-old American will be ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who moved into the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over 23rd-seeded South African Kevin Anderson.

In another third-round men's singles result Friday, Serbian top seed and world No. 1 Djokovic advanced to the Round of 16 for the 10th consecutive time in the US Open when Russia's Mikhail Youzhny retired with a leg injury while trailing 2-4 in the first set.

Djokovic, who moved into the third round with a walkover victory over Czech Jiri Vesely, is now in the "business end" of the tournament without much match practice. He will next take on British up-and-comer Kyle Edmund, who dismissed huge-serving American John Isner 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5).

"Considering the stage of the season, you know, the amount of matches I've played, what I've been through with my body, I think it's actually good to have some days off and then shorter matches from one side," said Djokovic.

Two-time US Open champion Nadal of Spain breezed past Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

The Spaniard expressed satisfaction over his game and his level of confidence, and said he had long waited to compete once again.

"I think I played well tonight," Nadal said. "Very happy about the way I played. First set, especially, was very high level."

In the next round, the 30-year-old will face Frenchman Lucas Pouille, who edged past Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Mercurial 10th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils, who has been showing the best form of his career in recent months, moved into the fourth round with an emphatic 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Spain's Nicolas Almagro.