Roger Federer admits retirement talk was "just a joke"

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Roger Federer continued his bid for a record sixth US Open title with a comfortable second-round win over France's Benoit Paire.

Federer was crisp in a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 win over Benoit Paire in and made it 18 of 18 lifetime in the second round of the U.S. Open.

Federer's decade-long drought in NY is his longest at a Grand Slam and this year he may have to beat Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to end the streak. Roger saved that break point and he broke again in game 12 after a backhand mistake from the Russian to grab the opener 7-5.

"(I) may be enjoying NY a little less, but that gives me, you know, the credibility to play better". That's what I meant with it.

Next up for the 37-year-old is a hotly-anticipated clash with Australia's Kyrgios, who recovered to beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert earlier on Thursday. The two-time US Open champion beat Federer to sweep the Career Golden Masters at the Western & Southern Open leading in.

Several players requested medical attention due to the heat during their matches on Monday while some on the women's side opted to take advantage of a 10-minute heat break between the second and third sets of their matches.

"Sometimes he plays very deep in the court, then he plays up in the court".

Nadal survives scare to reach last 16
Basilashvili reached the last-16 of a Slam for the first time by seeing off Argentina's Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4). Which, really, should come as no surprise given the disparity in age, experience and success.

"We've had some brutal matches over the years, always super tight..." No14 seed Fabio Fognini lost to John Millman, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, who will play Mikhail Kukushkin. Once they returned, the No. 6 seed finished off a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory in 2 hours, 59 minutes. If both decline, play continues.

Despite missing colossal chances to take both of the opening two sets, Novak was still in the match and he had three break points in the fifth game of the third set.

Partly cloudy. High of 97 degrees (36 Celsius).

Past champion Novak Djokovic returns to the U.S. Open, and No. 2 seeds Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki are in action on a sweltering second day at Flushing Meadows.

The Serb sixth seed looked in real trouble in the steamy conditions and admitted to feeling sick during the nearly three hour encounter but recovered to win 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-0. He will now face Sandgren, whom he destroyed in the first round at Wimbledon - the only time they've faced each other.

A heat advisory is in effect in NY through late Wednesday, with temperatures in the mid-90s and heat index values in excess of 100 degrees (38 Celsius).

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