08/30/2012 09:32 EDT | Updated 10/30/2012 05:12 EDT

Chipping and charging, Roger Federer advances to 3rd round of US Open in a breeze

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Top-seeded Roger Federer used a second-round victory in the U.S. Open to work on his net game, winning 32 points from the front of the court Thursday night in a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Bjorn Phau of Germany.

Federer also finished with 15 aces in a 90-minute victory over his 83rd-ranked opponent.

Federer improved his U.S. Open record to 63-7 and stayed in the mix for his sixth U.S. Open title, which would be a record in the Open era.

Federer's third-round match is against No. 25 Fernando Verdasco.