Roger Federer defeats Yoshihito Nishioka at US Open and 'jokes' about retiring

Federer is the third favourite according to Rusedski

Federer is the third favourite according to Rusedski

Roger Federer made light of energy-sapping conditions to brush past Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2 6-2 6-4 in his opening match at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka, of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in NY. "Game-wise, I never felt comfortable here".

Zverev, the No. 4 seed, is in the U.S. Open for the fourth time. "It's feeling good that I made the final a year ago, and also wanting to get there again, maybe putting a little bit of extra pressure on myself".

"This was always the Grand Slam where I didn't play my best ever", Zverev said. "I was very happy with how I played". Nishioka was a tough opponent.

But Federer served out the match in one hour and 52 minutes to move on to a meeting with Frenchman Benoit Paire.

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With her on-again/off-again coach Lindsay Davenport, the 1998 US Open champion, looking on, Keys crushed a forehand return victor to set up a break point in the 10 game of the opening set.

"I'm happy I never stumbled at the first hurdle", Federer said during his on-court interview. "It's nearly time to retire, but not yet", the 37-year-old said with a smile, adding that the conditions had been tough.

"[The heat] is particularly tough for us Europeans".

Kyrgios rallied to win the second set, then blitzed Herbert in the final two sets to advance to the third round, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-0.

Djokovic, the sixth seed, struggled badly during his first round clash with Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, dropping a set before rallying to win in four after spending time in an ice bath during the mandatory 10-minute heat break.

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