Federer makes short work of Nishioka in clammy NY

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

"I'm happy that I played well tonight".

The No. 6-seeded Djokovic headed to a fourth set with Marton Fucsovics after the players took a break following the third.

Roger Federer was forced to clarify a joke about retiring after winning his US Open first-round match on Tuesday night.

The Swiss great, seeded second at Flushing Meadows behind defending champion and world number one Rafael Nadal, improved his ideal record in US Open first-round matches with his 18th win in 18 attempts.

The Wimbledon champion, playing his first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium since falling to Stan Wawrinka in the 2016 final, received a brutal welcome back as soaring temperatures and suffocating humidity prompted organizers to offer the men a 10-minute mid-match heat break for the first time ever.

With the women already taking advantage of a WTA recommended "heat break" prior to a third set, organizers decided Tuesday afternoon that the men would be afforded a similar 10-minute off court rest prior to a fourth set under an Extreme Heat Policy. "I'll take the win". "It's nearly time to retire, but not yet", Federer said after the match.

"It was amusing", Djokovic said.

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Konta's 6-2, 6-2 loss in an hour and 15 minutes means that she did not progress further than the second round at a major this year and is in danger of dropping outside the top-50 for the first time since October 2015.

He next faces France's Benoit Paire, a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) victor over Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak. I was thinking in the third set, like, 'It's getting really bad. "It was quite a magnificent feeling, I must say". "Marton and I had the ice baths, one next to the other".

Maria Sharapova held on to edge 39-year-old Patty Schnyder, the oldest female qualifier in Grand Slam history, in the U.S. Open's first round.

Federer, the second seed, broke the Japanese left-hander in the opening game of the one-sided encounter and never looked back, rattling through his service games to wrap up the first set in 28 minutes. Vandeweghe made a total of 35 unforced errors, 16 more than Flipkens. "I think we both needed it", said Wimbledon champion and two-time US Open victor Djokovic.

5-time champion beats Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

About 2 hours into the day's schedule, the U.S. Tennis Association chose to do something it never had at this tournament: offer men the chance to take a 10-minute break before the fourth set if a match went that far.

Federer, who claimed is 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, would put the match away two games later, finally sealing the win with a service victor.

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