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Roger Federer vs Frances Tiafoe

31 Août 2017

Federer, who now has 19 grand- slam titles after winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon in this fairytale year, added: 'I was quite up and down.

Roger Federer survived a scare to overcome determined American teenager Frances Tiafoe in five sets and book his spot in the US Open second round.

"Thankfully I played him in Miami this year so I have a little bit of an idea of how he plays, and his patterns and what he prefers to do".

"I was anxious in the beginning from my back issue from a couple weeks ago but I loosened up", Federer said, calling his back "extremely well and adding "it's only going to get better from here".

Federer, who lost a set in a first-round encounter at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2003, struggled with timing and his movement during large spells of the absorbing encounter, but his experience proved pivotal in securing a 4-6 6-2 6-1 1-6 6-4 victory.

Now ranked third in the world, Federer emerged as the eventual victor of the encounter but his game was far from being a flawless one. "He won by the skin of his teeth". I'm very happy with the match, it was exciting and that is kind of why I came to NY as well, to experience these emotions. "But I was born here so there should be something about the place", said Daniel, whose parents met on Wall Street before relocating to Japan in his childhood.

The world No 3 also insisted his back has recovered, saying: "To get through a five-setter, you have to be OK somehow". In his age-defying return this season, Federer has made the most of a pragmatic approach to tournaments and paced them out to achieve the best results possible.

There were 87 singles matches scheduled for Wednesday after rain wiped out almost all of the day's play on Tuesday. So that would have been tougher for me maybe to back it up back-to-back days. "I believe this is going to give me great confidence in my game and my body". "My hope and my belief is that it's only going to get better from here". Since Montreal, the focus has been more on the back, making sure I can play the tournament rather than being well-prepared.

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Federer didn't relent in the fifth set, where he looked very strong with his serve while earning a crucial break of Tiafoe's serve midway through the set to lead, 3-1.

Meanwhile top-seeded Rafael Nadal notched up an impressive 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2 win in his opener over No. 85 Dusan Lajovic of Serbia under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"It was more than a test". I was not able to hear the ball when hitting.

The question was rather simple after Angelique Kerber became only the second defending U.S. Open champion in the professional era to lose in the first round. He didn't play at the French, but he enters the US Open bidding to win three Slams in a year for the first time in a decade.

Federer swept through the next two sets before Tiafoe leveled by storming through a 24-minute fourth set. His earliest exit came on his debut in 2000, back when Tiafoe was still to reach his second birthday.

Pliskova beat Magda Linette of Poland 6-2, 6-1, slowed only when the players had to break so the retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium could be closed.

Federer, who is 4-0 in 5-set matches this year, will next face former US Open semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny.

Roger Federer vs Frances Tiafoe