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Federer seeks 80th US Open victory, Nadal also in action

Federer seeks 80th US Open victory, Nadal also in action

Federer seeks 80th US Open victory, Nadal also in action

"I think my style of the game is just to play aggressive, to try to play my rhythm because I have quite, I think in my opinion, quite well rhythm, that I can play, compete with many good guys", Rublev said after upsetting Dimitrov.

Federer, who is a five-time US Open champion and now seeded third in the ongoing tournament, was two sets to one down, but eventually came through to register a 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over his Russian opponent in a thrilling second-round clash at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

All the matches are hard and especially here.

"For me, it's a very important victory". The way it's also played by your opponent. I hit maybe few points close to the line.

"I am here to improve every day".

"We had a good fight", Federer, who looked more relieved than overjoyed after the win, said in an on-court interview.

Tuesday night, it was American teenager Frances Tiafoe who battled the 36-year-old Federer to five sets, before the Swiss legend emerged victorious just before midnight.

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Less than 48 hours after almost losing a five-set, first round match to 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe, the 36-year-old tennis legend again barely avoided a stunning upset, coming back Thursday to pull out a second-round win over Mikhail Youzhny, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Federer's unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set - 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there.

The Swiss has yet to lose a Grand Slam match this year, having won his 18th and 19th major titles in Australia and at Wimbledon, while skipping the French Open. His record against Lopez is just as solid - 12-0. The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova's exit means five of the top eight women are already gone. I felt different, completely different, the way it played and everything. I was feeling for Mikhail. We go back to the '98 juniors here, we played each other in doubles.

There was a moment toward the end of the fourth set where it looked like Youzhny might have to retire.

However, the world number three used all his experience to come through the scare and grind out a 4-6 6-2 6-1 1-6 6-4 victory.

Sky Sports Tennis will have all the action from the US Open covered via our website www.skysports.com/tennis with our live blogs and updates throughout the fortnight as the Grand Slam year reaches its climax.

Playing 10 sets in the opening two rounds is incredibly rare for an eventual champion, but as this is Federer - a man who won three five-set matches in the second week of the Australian Open - then never say never.

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