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Light lift for the men, Sharapova rolls

Updated: September 6, 2012, 12:52 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- It's been a relatively easy stroll through the U.S. Open draw for the top men's players.

No. 1 seed Roger Federer got a free pass in the fourth round when Mardy Fish withdrew as a medical precaution, and on Wednesday, No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic escaped in two sets and small change when Stanislas Wawrinka retired.

No. 3 Andy Murray wasn't so fortunate.

The Olympic gold medalist, viewed as one of the favorites here based on the momentum he created in London, suddenly ...

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