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

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Federer broke the Japanese left-hander in the opening game of the one-sided encounter and never looked back. Kyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, did not appear to be putting forth much effort while dropping the first set and falling behind 3-0 in the second. He is however, one of the favourites to win the US Open this year.

Jelena Ostapenko, who was nearly knocked out by Andrea Petkovic in the first round, will hope for an easier encounter against Taylor Townsend, and Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will hope to continue their winning streaks. Nishioka rallied briefly at the end, denying Federer the chance to serve out the set and battling back to 5-4 with his first break of serve.

The only hiccup of the night came when trying to serve out the match at 5-2 in the third, with the Swiss sending a forehand long to allow the Japanese left-hander a break.

The first set saw no break points and Roger grabbed the breaker with a backhand victor that gave him a mini-break and an ace in the 12th point.

"I don't know. It's just a different game today". Again, though, Federer offered up the chance to return the favour-a break point and a double fault-but eventually held for 4-2.

Eight of their previous nine sets have gone to tie-breaks, with Kyrgios coming out the victor in the first of their three matches in Madrid. That seems to have spurred him on as he went on to register a 7-6 3-6 7-5 7-6 victory to set up a second-round date with 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.

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Former champions Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber will be in second-round action on day four of the US Open.

The No. 2-seeded Federer is seeking his sixth title at the U.S. Open, but first in a decade. The championship match hadn't produced the tennis of the highest quality as they were both nervous, but at least the scoreboard was interesting from start to finish.

Right to the final game, errors mixed it up with some cracking winners on both sides, as both players serving well below 50 percent.

The Serb created his first break point in the 11th game and Roger saved it with a service victor, only to face another one after sending an easy forehand long. I think it was not a bad performance by any means by me. Roger fends off the first with an unbelievable forehand victor and the other two when Novak missed two backhands, going back to deuce.

From that point there was no way back for the Frenchman. It was a challenge that increased with more years on tour. Here Novak is seen turning in to a horse as Stefan mounts him.

De Minaur took the opening two sets, including a bagel in the second, before Tiafoe fought back to make it 2-1.

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