Tennis: Federer rolls into second round at US Open
NEW YORK (AFP) - Roger Federer made a solid start to his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title, advancing to the second round of the US Open by defeating Slovenia's Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old Swiss star, who as the seventh seed is at his lowest spot in the US Open since 2002, won a match postponed by rain from Monday night to book a last-64 meeting with Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.
"I felt great," Federer said. "Day sesion or night session it doesn't really matter when you play on Arthur Ashe Court."
Federer, whose 56th Grand Slam start in a row matched Wayne Ferreira for the all-time record run, has only one title in his past 14 Slam starts, that coming last year at Wimbledon.