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Tennis: Federer, Serena in cruise control as teen duo rock US Open

Published on Aug 27, 2014 3:53 PM
CiCi Bellis of the United States celebrates against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women's singles first round match on day two of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Aug 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Five-time champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams reached the US Open second round on Tuesday, but found themselves sharing the headlines with teenage upstarts CiCi Bellis and Borna Coric.

Federer claimed his 50th win of 2014 as the 17-time major winner, playing in his 60th successive Grand Slam and bidding to become the oldest major winner in over 40 years, defeated Australia's Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to register his 23rd win in 24 night matches in New York.

"It was a bit more difficult than I thought it was going to be in the third set. Marinko has a big game," said second seeded Federer who hit 10 aces and 41 winners and was cheered on by basketball legend Michael Jordan.

Federer will face another Australian, big-serving Sam Groth, for a place in the last 32 as he continues his bid for a record sixth US Open but first since 2008.

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