Federer cruises, Djokovic beats Open heat

Tanya Simon
September 4, 2018

Next up for the Swiss is a second-round clash with unseeded Frenchman Benoit Paire.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev hardly broke sweat despite the sweltering US Open heat on Tuesday as the German dispatched Canadian lucky loser Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in a first-round match that lasted just over an hour and a half.

Eight of their previous nine sets have gone to tie-breaks, with Kyrgios coming out the victor in the first of their three matches in Madrid. 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.

"I was obviously hoping and praying that I'll get to feel better as the match progresses", Djokovic told reporters after the match.

"I think that was a turning point".

After all, he had gone nearly five years without adding to his record 17 Majors, and then bounced back from knee surgery, plying a new racket and newly-tooled backhand to win in both Australia and Wimbledon.

"I just come up to the line", Kyrgios said, "and try to serve it as hard as I can".

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Five-time champion Roger Federer breezed into the US Open second round with a routine victory over Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka at Flushing Meadows.

No. 2 Roger Federer versus Benoît Paire (Noon ET on ESPN): Paire has taken only one set against Federer in six career meetings. He compares the 2008 Federer to the upgraded present-day version of Federer when interrogated upon which form of Federer would win the match against Kyrgios.

The third set too saw the same outcome as Federer's stronghold over the match continued to grow-this time with a 4-0 lead after he bagged a double break. Do they not listen to what I said two months ago?

"That was meaning, like, 'I never lost a first-round match here at the Open". It's great to have played also a good first round against an entertaining first-round opponent. "I spend the least possible time here on site because that takes energy away", Zverev said. It is particularly tough for us Europeans because we don't get this type of humidity. "You don't want that (loss) to happen next year.' I said, 'Maybe I could retire now, because I protect my 18 first-round wins here.' That's what I meant with it", he said.

The Swiss tennis stalwart, who had an absolute domination in the competition from the years 2004 to 2009, had 41 consecutive wins before that streak was snapped by Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro in the final in 2009.

"We've had some brutal matches over the years, always super tight..."

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