"I'm very happy to be back in NY healthy, last couple of years have been hard so it's nice to be back, feeling really good", Federer said.
"If you train in the cold all the time, all of a sudden it hits you, the humidity and heat", he said. He kicked off his campaign to try and end that ten-year drought against Yoshihito Nishioka and found himself through comfortably against the 22-year-old Japanese player. "Don't even write that word".
Handed a tough draw and with question marks over his form following a shock Wimbledon quarter-final exit at the hands of Kevin Anderson, Federer made a real statement to the rest of the draw that he is fit and firing.
But Federer served out the match to move on to a meeting with Frenchman Benoit Paire. In part, that's because elite tennis players often used to become not-so-elite by the time they passed the age of 30.
No. 10 Jeļena Ostapenko versus Taylor Townsend (11 a.m. ET on ESPN+): For a solid part of the first-round match against Petkovic, it looked like Ostapenko was not going to make it.
Against Nishioka, Federer delivered 14 aces and never was in any trouble. World number 184 John Isner won the opening set in the third round against the great rival but Roger dominated in the rest of the match, scoring five breaks from nine chances to reach the last 16 where he also came from a set down against Feliciano Lopez, beating the Spaniard in just under two hours.
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It is this form which has encouraged Real Madrid to move for his services after a brief stint away from the Bernebeau. Sevilla had been expected to sign the Dominican Republic worldwide for a reported club-record fee.
"Thankfully I wasn't too nervous tonight". "I had one shot in my calf and there was pain".
" Game-wise, I never felt comfortable here". When you do walk out onto Arthur Ashe, you feel like people are there to see the show, enjoy themselves.
But Federer said he's resigned to the questions, which first started cropping up nearly a decade ago.
"So, yeah, there's pressure". Cîrstea has never made it past the third round - will this be the year that record gets rewritten?
The No. 2-seeded Federer is seeking his sixth title at the U.S. Open, but first in a decade. It was as simple as you expected from Federer as he continued to just hit victor after winner and force his opponent into overplaying as he was quickly out to a two sets to love lead.
Carreno Busta, who reached the semifinals past year in Flushing Meadows, was unable to duplicate his run, forced to retire from his match because of left thigh pain.