Roger Federer beats Yoshihito Nishioka at US Open to reach second round


Both could be on tap at the U.S. Open: Federer needed a few swigs of water on another steamy day at the Open and he played like a former champion set to uncork a celebratory bottle of bubbly.

The Frenchman has now reached the second round or better at the US Open for five consecutive years but he is up against it here as he faces an opponent he has never previously beaten. And that makes Benoit Paire's task all the more challenging when they square off on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday.

"If the team and everybody thinks that this is it now, and I feel it's truly that, I wouldn't probably tell it to that one journalist just it happened I was doing that interview that day", he said. Check out his press conference and his full answer, below. I felt good. I felt like I had a good preparation week.

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"For the first three sets, it was a survival mode for both of us", Djokovic said.

The Swiss great, seeded second at Flushing Meadows behind defending champion and world number one Rafael Nadal, improved his ideal record in US Open first-round matches with his 18th win in 18 attempts.

Serena Williams also won on her return to Flushing Meadows, beating Magda Linette 6-4 6-0, while Rafael Nadal benefited from David Ferrer's mid-match retirement, the unfortunate Spaniard pulling the plug for the first time in his final grand slam match.

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It is easy for Roger Federer to tell himself still competing at the highest level on the biggest stages is a bonus when you're 37 years old. Cîrstea has never made it past the third round - will this be the year that record gets rewritten? And his plan to pass on Dubai - where temps this week hit 110 degrees - for the breezy 90s in NY could be a factor in how far he goes.

No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev, who had been knocked out in the second round in his three previous appearances here, reached the third round with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win over Nicolas Mahut. The Japanese's game just proved to be unthreatening for the Swiss in the early stages.

Despite losing all six encounters with Federer, Paire will take heart from their most recent meeting in Halle earlier this year where he ran the Swiss great extremely close and even had two match points and he has spoken of how much confidence that has given him.

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Federer failed to convert another chance in the ninth, despite winning a superb 26-shot rally to earn break point.