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Top Seeds through to second round of US Open

Top Seeds through to second round of US Open”

This was for the first time that Federer has taken five sets in the first round at Flushing Meadows since making debut against Peter Wessels in 2000.

The teenager faced Federer for the first time in his career in the second round of this year's Miami Open and took the Swiss to a first-set tiebreak before losing 7-6 (2) 6-3.

"I was maybe a bit anxious with my back issue from a couple of weeks ago", said Federer, "but eventually I was able to let go". That said, his serving was better than in his loss in the Montreal final to Alexander Zverev, where his problems were quite apparent. He withdrew from Cincinnati with a sore back the following week.

"That's why when I was down a set, I just said, 'OK, the match starts here".

"To get through a five-set match you've got to be healthy". "If I had felt that my back was going to get worse every match, I probably wouldn't have played".

Federer next meets either Slovenian Blaz Kavcic or Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

Federer closes proceedings on centre court, which was equipped with a roof past year that could prove helpful as rain might disrupt the action at Flushing Meadows.

The intense match came after limited preparation due to his back issues. "Things are actually great.' I always try to keep a very positive mindset out there". "I was being too cautious with my movement".

The second set remained a tight affair, with both players holding serve until 5-5 before Keys claimed the break.

"I enjoyed myself even though I was maybe exhausted and nervous at the end".

"I really struggled early on".

On Tuesday, that wish, forged from hours of hitting a ball against the wall of a Maryland club where his father worked as a maintenance man, comes true in front of nearly 25,000 fans on New York's showpiece Arthue Ashe Stadium.

But that was enough.

"Being honest, it (the noise) is a little bit too much", said the 31-year-old Spaniard.

"I expected worse because I heard comments like this".

"I think this will actually give me a lot of confidence".



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