Novak Djokovic seems comfortable enough with Andy Roddick's retirement plan - and with good reason - the longer the American lasts, the less spotlight there is on the Serb.
Djokovic and Roddick both progressed to the last 16 on Sunday, but it was the departing home hero who grabbed much of the attention.
Roddick, the 20th seed and 2003 champion, ousted Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 6-4 to progress to a prime-time fourth-round airing with fellow former winner Juan Martin del Potro on Tuesday.
"I am trying to keep all of my emotions together. All the support I have received over the past few days has been truly humbling," said 30-year-old Roddick.
Djokovic was only too happy for Roddick to take centre stage.
"I have had situations and periods in my career where I was under the radar, where I was in the spotlight," the titleholder said after thumping Frenchman Julian Benneteau 6-3 6-2 6-2.
"I really try not to pay attention on that too much. The attention comes and goes. It's normal. This is sport.
"Obviously Andy and his retirement attracted a lot of attention, so everybody is excited to see him play and see how far he can go."
Benneteau, who pushed Roger Federer to five nervy sets at Wimbledon, was unable to conjure even one break point against Djokovic and said the second seed couldn't miss a shot.
"I have been playing really well in US Open last five years," said Djokovic, a three-times finalist and reigning champion in New York.
"My goal in these seven, eight days I had off after the Cincinnati final was to really try to recover, charge my batteries, work on some things in my game and come out strong from the start.
"That's what I've done. I feel great on the court."
Del Potro confirmed his meeting with Roddick with a 6-3 7-5 7-6 (11-9) defeat of 63rd-ranked countryman Leonardo Mayer.
The seventh seed needed six match points to put his good mate down.
"It's not easy when you are playing another Argentinean and a guy who is a friend," del Potro said.
Djokovic, who has conceded only 14 games in his opening three matches, plays Stanislas Wawrinka on Tuesday after Switzerland's 2010 semi-finalist upstaged Ukrainian 14th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 6-4 6-2.
Low-profile Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer ended Australian interest with a 7-6 (11-9) 4-6 6-3 6-0 victory over Lleyton Hewitt, who rued converting any of five set points in the opening set.
"I'm having the best season of my career and I think it's the right time. I'm 30 years old," said Ferrer, who faces French 13th seed Richard Gasquet on Tuesday.
Gasquet ended the dream run of the 245th-ranked reigning US college champion Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-3.
Serbian eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic beat Slovenian qualifier Grega Zemlja 6-4 6-3 7-5 and will play Philipp Kohlschreiber, the German downing American John Isner 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-4.