Five-time US Open champion Roger Federer was superb in a straight sets victory over Leonardo Mayer on Tuesday in the men’s singles first round at Flushing Meadows. Federer cruised past the Argentine 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in just 77 minutes at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Swiss was winning around 65% of the points on both serves as he brushed aside the South American in emphatic fashion. The second seed plays Steve Darcis next. 2012 champion Andy Murray is also through to the second round after seeing off Nick Kyrgios but the Brit did drop a set along the way. Murray triumphed 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 while serving 18 aces at Arthur Ashe.
The Brit will play Adrian Mannarino in the second round. Stanislas Wawrinka was a straight sets winner against Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 at the Louis Armstrong Stadium while South Africa’s Kevin Anderson needed four sets against Russia’s Andrey Rublev on Court 13. Anderson bombed down 32 aces in three hours and 23 minutes to set up a meeting with Austin Krajieck while Wawrinka takes on Hyeon Chung.
Earlier in the day, Tomas Berdych won through to the second round after seeing off Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 at the Grandstand Arena. The Czech needed 111 minutes to see off the American in New York. The seventh seed moves on to the next round where he will face Austria’s Juergen Melzer.
Berdych served 13 aces on his way to the victory.