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Federer Cruises Past Young In Opener

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer improved to a 22-0 record in night sesson matches at the US Open.

World No. 1 Roger Federer began his quest for an Open Era record sixth US Open title by dismissing American Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Monday night at Flushing Meadows.

Federer won 10 straight points to clinch the opening set, and after trading service breaks with Young in the third and fourth games of the second set, went on a four-game run to firmly establish his lead. He closed out the victory in 94 minutes, winning all 18 of his first serve points in the third set.  

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"I thought it was good, considering I played a very talented player who I didn’t know much, I haven’t played against him," said the Swiss. "First round at the US Open can always bring a lot of pressure with it. It was very windy out there and extremely humid, so I’m just happy I was able to weather the conditions and a dangerous opponent."

Young, 23, had achieved his best Grand Slam result last year at the US Open when he reached the fourth round.

The 31-year-old Federer is looking to hoist the US Open trophy for the first time since winning his fifth straight in 2008 (d. Murray). He came to New York on a five-match winning streak after capturing a record-equalling 21st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Cincinnati (d. Djokovic).

"I think it’s a great story that we have so many guys playing well at the same time," he said. "Novak to me goes in as the favourite here still at the Open just because he’s defending champion, he probably won the most titles on hard courts in the last couple of years, it’s where he feels most comfortable. He’s beaten me the last couple years as well, so it’s strange for me to be the favourite after just beating him a couple times.

"Then again, I’ve had a great summer and so has Murray and Rafa won the French - it’s a pity he can’t be here. It’s going to be an interesting US Open. I’m happy I’m through the first round."

Federer next plays 32-year-old German Bjorn Phau, who reached the US Open second round for the first time since 2006 when he defeated Belgian Maxime Authom 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5).

Twelfth seed Marin Cilic rallied from two-sets-to-love down for the second time in his career to defeat Australian Marinko Matosevic 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in three hours and 57 minutes. The Croat converted five of his 21 break point chances and hit 47 winners to 63 unforced errors.

He also came back from an 0-2 sets deficit against Jesse Levine in the second round of the 2009 US Open, and went on to reach the quarter-finals with an upset win over Andy Murray en route. Cilic has now won his last five matches that have been decided in a fifth set, with his last loss coming against Kei Nishikori in the second round of the 2010 US Open.

French No. 16 seed Gilles Simon also battled through his opening match, taking four hour and 26 minutes to overcome American Michael Russell 7-6(4), 3-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. Meanwhile, fellow Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu fought for a 2-6, 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(4), 6-1 win over Russian Igor Andreev in three hours and 48 minutes.

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