The US Open at Flushing Meadows is in day five and there have been interesting with many surprises coming along the way.
Nineteen time Grand Slam winner, Rodger Federer needed five sets to beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the second round to make it 17-0 between the pair since they first met at 2000.
The Swiss, 35, saw off Youzhny off 6-1 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 6-4 6-2 in New York.
Federer said after the second round game; “I think because you’re on a high, you’re thrilled that you got through, so you don’t look at the negative”.
“Or I don’t. Yes, I might feel more tired than I normally would going into a third round, but that’s OK.
“My preparation hasn’t been good at all here. I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to.
“But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance”, he added.
Federer with the win means he will face Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the third round.
Elsewhere, there was win for ten-time French Open Champion, Rafa Nadal who saw off Japanese Taro Daniel in four sets.
The Spanish beat Taro 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 and will face Leonardo Mayer from Argentina in the next round.
He said after the hot contest; “It’s true that I didn’t play very well tonight but at the same time it’s true that I’m through to the next round”.
In what was a surprise to all at Flushing Meadows was the exit of Cincinnati Masters champion Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria who lost in straight sets to teenager Andrey Rublev from Russia.
Rublev, 19, beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 at Flushing Meadows and will now take on Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur at the next stage.