Pliskova wins at soggy US Open as Nadal, Federer wait

Pliskova wins at soggy US Open as Nadal, Federer wait

Pliskova wins at soggy US Open as Nadal, Federer wait

"I felt a little bit nervous walking on this court, especially after previous year and the memories I have here", said Pliskova, whose progression to the second round was only briefly halted by the roof on Arthur Ashe stadium being closed as rain swept the Flushing Meadows site.

However, the fourth set did not play out as many expected, with two breaks of the Federer serve helping Tiafoe clinch it 6-1 in 23 breath-taking minutes.

"My focus has been more on the back, making sure I can play the tournament rather than being well-prepared".

"I feel quite warmed up now", he added with a laugh.

However, Federer regained his composure to break early in the second set to move 3-1 ahead, before winning nine out of the next 10 games to take the second and third sets. I'm very happy with the match.

"I was definitely also lucky to play tonight because the rain".

It also was Federer's first match under the $150 million Arthur Ashe Stadium roof that became operational previous year. He can also pull even with Agassi for second-most victories at the US Open with 79, second only to fellow five-time champion Jimmy Connors' 98.

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The topsy-turvy battle saw Federer lose the first set then coming back to win the next two sets before Tiafoe came hammering down on Federer to win the fourth 1-6 but the former World No-1 held on to close the set 6-4 to advance into the second round.

Five-time champion Roger Federer once again needs five sets to progress into the US Open third round at the expense of Mikhail Youzhny.

But the match lasted just one game later, as Federer broke Tiafoe to seal victory after two hours and 40 minutes on court. I didn't think it was that bad and when the crowd got into it it was really cool. "I didn't have the preparation I was hoping to get, " Federer said.

"I always knew I was going to come in rusty or not great".

It was Tiafoe who cracked first in a tense finale, but the drama continued as Federer failed to convert a match point when 5-3 up, before going on to be broken back by the world number 70. I was hoping to start better.

Standing in his way in Tiafoe, who for years has been pegged as one of America's next tennis stars. Tiafoe's take: "He won by the skin of his teeth". "I was not able to hear the ball when hitting". Tiafoe was serving at 1-2, 30-40 when Federer rushed in towards the net and ripped a backhand victor down the line to break the American's serve. "He's only going to learn from a match like this and become better".

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