Federer advances to second round of US Open

Federer advances to second round of US Open
Federer at full stretch on Tuesday. Photo: ELSA/Getty Images North America/AFP
Top Swiss tennis player Roger Federer qualified for the second round of the US Open on Tuesday after beating Slovenian Grega Zemlja in three sets.

Federer, 32, largely dominated the 62nd ranked player in the world in a match that was originally scheduled to be played on Monday but was postponed because of rain.

The Basel native, now ranked seventh in the world after a disappointing showing this season, remains in the running for his first major title this year.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner beat 26-year-old Zemlja 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in 93 minutes to advance in the New York tournament he has won five times.

"You're going to have some hiccups like I had today. " Federer said.

“It was a minor one,” he said.

"There wasn't much rhythm out there, but I was happy the way I played," said Federer.

"Overall I'm pleased to be in the next round."

In the second round he faces Carlos Berlocq, a 30-year-old Argentinian who is ranked 48th in the world, putting him on a quarter-final collision course with second seed Rafael Nadal, whom he has never faced at the US Open.

Federer, whose 56th Grand Slam start in a row matched South African Wayne Ferreira for the all-time record run, has only one title in his past 14 Slam starts, that coming last year at Wimbledon.

The Swiss won five US Open titles in a row from 2004 to 2008.

In other action in New York, top-ranked Novak Djokovic launched his quest for a fourth consecutive US Open final by beating Lithuanian 112th-ranked Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

Djokovic fired 10 aces and 28 winners and needed only 82 minutes to put himself into a last-64 matchup against Germany's Benjamin Becker.

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