Federer breezes into third round of US Open

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"You don't want that [loss] to happen next year", he said. Kyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, did not appear to be putting forth much effort while dropping the first set and falling behind 3-0 in the second.

Federer let a break slip in the opening set as Paire fought back to level and then put the Swiss under pressure at 30-30 on his serve at 5-4, only for Federer to produce an accurate ace out wide for 40-30 on his way to a valuable hold.

Back in 2005 and 2006, Roger Federer had dominated the men's game like nearly no one before him, losing just nine matches in total and standing as the main contender for nearly every big title in the calendar.

His effort levels were admirable but there was a gulf in class between the pair and Federer cruised through to set up a second-round meeting with France's Benoit Paire. In a battle of former Top 10 players and two of the best movers on the ATP World Tour, Nishikori will carry a 3-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into the clash, however the Frenchman did win their most recent match at the Rogers Cup in 2017.

Jelena Ostapenko, who was nearly knocked out by Andrea Petkovic in the first round, will hope for an easier encounter against Taylor Townsend, and Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will hope to continue their winning streaks.

In the repeat of 2006 final, Federer defeated Andy Roddick 7-6 7-6 6-2 in two hours to enter the last four, saving the only break point he faced and breaking the American twice in the third set for straight sets win.

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Meanwhile, five-time Grand Slam victor Sharapova returned to major competition after her 15-month ban at the US Open past year, when she reached the fourth round.

Joao Sousa of Portugal led Carreno Busta 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 2-0 when the No. 12 seed from Spain had to stop playing.

The No. 2-seeded Federer is seeking his sixth title at the U.S. Open, but first in a decade. The 21-year old star will next play fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat an exhausted Matthew Ebden, who had needed 3hrs 40mins to beat No32 seed Filip Krajinovic, in the first round.

Right to the final game, errors mixed it up with some cracking winners on both sides, as both players serving well below 50 percent. "But, no, never gets old", he added.

Djokovic meets American Tennys Sandgren in the second round later on Thursday.

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