US Open - Federer eases into US Open second round

Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title with a workmanlike 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) win over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the US Open.

Reuters

A five-time US Open champion, Federer never appeared threatened by Matosevic but the 76th ranked Australian still forced the Swiss maestro to work up a sweat in front of a centre court crowd that included basketball great Michael Jordan.

Dressed all in black, Federer broke his opponent once in each set but in the third Matosevic finally broke back forcing it to a tie-break, which the third seeded Swiss won 7-4 by clinching the final three points.

Federer will next meet another Australian Sam Groth, who was a 6-3 7-6 (5) 6-3 winner over Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Tenth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, 13th-seeded American John Isner and 25th seed Ivo Karlovic of Croatia were also among the first-round winners.

Nishikori dismissed American wild card Wayne Odesnik, Isner ousted compatriot Marcos Giron, and Karlovic eliminated Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

Sam Querrey gave local fans another cause to cheer with a 6-2 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 win over Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina.

US Open results

First round

2-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Marinko Matosevic (Australia) 6-3 6-4 7-6(4)

Samuel Groth (Australia) beat Albert Ramos (Spain) 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3

Tim Smyczek (U.S.) beat Filip Krajinovic (Serbia) 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-6(5)

4-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 6-1 6-2 2-6 6-2

26-Gilles Simon (France) beat Radu Albot (Moldova) 6-3 6-4 6-2

20-Gael Monfils (France) beat Jared Donaldson (U.S.) 6-4 6-2 6-4

Adrian Mannarino (France) beat Pere Riba (Spain) 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-2

12-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 7-5 7-6(5) 6-4

Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany) beat Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 2-6 3-6 6-3 6-3 7-5

Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan) beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) 1-6 2-6 1-2 (Lorenzi retired)

Borna Coric (Croatia) beat 29-Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-1 6-2

Victor Estrella (Dominican Republic) beat Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-2

13-John Isner (U.S.) beat Marcos Giron (U.S.) 7-6(5) 6-2 7-6(2)

15-Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) 6-4 6-4 6-2

Pablo Andujar (Spain) beat Jack Sock (U.S.) 6-4 3-6 6-1 0-0 (Sock retired)

Sam Querrey (U.S.) beat Maximo Gonzalez (Argentina) 6-2 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-3

Federico Delbonis (Argentina) beat Noah Rubin (U.S.) 6-4 6-3 6-0

Marcel Granollers (Spain) beat Jurgen Melzer (Austria) 7-6(1) 6-3 6-2

25-Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) beat Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-4

10-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Wayne Odesnik (U.S.) 6-2 6-4 6-2

28-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) beat Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) 6-4 6-2 6-2

Bernard Tomic (Australia) beat Dustin Brown (Germany) 7-6(2) 6-4 7-6(3)

Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) beat Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 6-4 6-4 7-5

17-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Andreas Haider-Maurer (Austria) 5-7 7-6(1) 1-6 7-5 6-1

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