US OPEN 2013
Federer Too Strong For Berlocq; Bryans Begin Doubles Bid
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Federer, the No. 7 seed and 2004-08 champion, defeated Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.
“I feel at home here, after everything that has happened,” said Federer, in an on-court interview. “I am happy with my performance today. I am results-orientated now. I don’t mind how I play, as long as I win.”
Federer hit 37 winners and converted seven of his 13 break points opportunities for victory in one hour and 35 minutes. Berlocq dropped to 0-17 against Top 10 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
“It's one of those matches I expect myself to win if possible in straight sets, and gain confidence in the process,” said Federer. “All those things happened, so I'm pleased about it.”
The 32-year-old Swiss is now 50-1 in major championship second round matches and will next play Adrian Mannarino, who fought past home favourite Sam Querrey 7-6(4), 7-5(5), 6-7(5), 6-4 in three hours and 20 minutes.
Querrey, who reached the semi-finals last week in Winston-Salem, struggled from the start, with Mannarino breaking his serve to open the match. Despite firing 25 aces, the No. 2 American donated 60 unforced errors, including seven double faults.
In only his third US Open appearance, Mannarino reaches the third round for the first time. The Frenchman is 0-2 against Federer, with both meetings taking place in 2011, at Wimbledon and the BNP Paribas Masters.
Bryans Start Bid For Sporting Immortality
Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan started their bid to complete a calendar year Grand Slam with a 7-6(1), 6-2 victory over Federico Delbonis and Leonardo Mayer.
The Americans have already won a 'Bryans Slam', capturing the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and the last four major titles stretching back to the 2012 US Open.
In other doubles action, No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares sent James Blake into retirement with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over the former World No. 4 and youngster Jack Sock. The two-time singles quarter-finalist at the US Open announced that he would be stepping away from the game following the tournament.
Alongside Sock, Blake won the doubles title in Delray Beach earlier this year and reached the final in Memphis the week prior.
No. 3 Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez, No. 4 Leander Paes/Radek Stepanek and No. 5 Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi/Jean-Julien Rojer also won their openers, completing a perfect showing for the Top 5 seeds on Thursday.