No. 2 Roger Federer cruised to a straight sets victory over Leonardo Mayer in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York. Eyeing his sixth U.S. title and first in seven years, the Swiss quickly dispatched Mayer 6-1 6-2 6-2 over a mere 77 minutes.
Before the match, No. 34 Mayer was expected to give Federer much more trouble, especially after holding five match points in their previous meeting in Shanghai last year. Before the match, Federer had openly stated that he was surprised Mayer entered the tournament unseeded, and would not take him lightly.
Racing out to an early 5-0 lead in the first set, Federer kept the Argentine Mayer on his toes and at bay with his monstrous serve, claiming 12 aces and winning 84 percent of his first-serve points.
Federer rounded out his game with excellent play at net, carving out 63 percent of his approaches, while Mayer generated 31 unforced errors as his record drops to 17-14 on the year.
Federer now advances to play either Marcos Baghdatis or Steve Darcis in the second round.
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