Federer races through US Open first round

World No. 2 Roger Federer dismissed Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in a US Open first-round clash he had been very wary of since the draw was made.

The Swiss recalled his battle with Mayer from the Shanghai Rolex Masters last year, where Mayer had five match points, as one of the “luckiest” matches he has ever won, and feared a difficult contest with the Argentine at Flushing Meadows.

But Federer was untroubled against Mayer in the final match of the Arthur Ashe Stadium day session, cruising into the second round in just 77 minutes. The right-hander hit 29 winners to just 13 unforced errors and broke serve six times.

"You just don't know how these matches are played out," said Federer. "Looking ahead, it definitely looked like a very tough draw in the first round. For me, anyways. But then again, today was much faster than Shanghai. It's a different place and different conditions. It allowed me to play fast-court tennis against him, which wasn't really the case in Shanghai. Plus I wasn't quite sure how conditions were there. The ball was flat and wasn't bouncing at all.

"I'm playing very well at the moment. Playing with confidence. Got off to a good start. Then the match obviously can be very different... I feel good now. I actually wasn't so confident yesterday and today. I just felt like maybe could be one of those matches I couldn't see it coming."

The 34-year-old Federer came into his 16th US Open appearance hot on the heels of his 87th tour-level title victory in Cincinnati two weeks ago (d. Djokovic). The Basel native is bidding to win his 18th major title and first since beating Andy Murray in the 2012 Wimbledon final. He is a five-time former champion at Flushing Meadows and has a 72-10 tournament record.

Date: 1st September 2015, Source: ATP


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