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Roger Federer and Lin-Manuel Miranda Are Enjoying a Beautiful Mutual Fandom

Roger Federer and Lin-Manuel Miranda Are Enjoying a Beautiful Mutual Fandom

Federer was guilty of a sluggish start in his first-round match against Tiafoe, but he raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set as the world number 101 struggled on serve. He was on his backside grabbing at his hamstring for about 15 seconds but bounced back up to the appreciation of the packed crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"These five set battles are actually a lot of fun", Federer said during an on court interview after the match. He eventually closed out a victory that earns a second-round meeting with Mikhail Youzhny or Blaz Kavcic, who will play on Wednesday after most of Tuesday's programme was cancelled because of rain.

Yet the Swiss legend committed 68 unforced errors and lost four break points on his serve Thursday.

"Can you please continue to play for eight to nine years so that I can play you when I go pro?" he asked. "That was good. But because of the preparation being not the best that I've had, I was quite up and down".

"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.

The world number 46, born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, clinched a 6-3, 6-1 win over sixth seed Angelique Kerber, who became the first women's defending champion to lose in the first round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005. I've done that hundreds of times.

"Look, if I enter the tournament, it's because I believe I can play and go deep".

Only two players in the Open era have won grand slam titles after being taken to five sets in their first two matches - Boris Becker in Australia in 1996 and Gaston Gaudio in France in 2004.

Federer, nursing a back problem in a tournament missing a spate of big names including Britain's Andy Murray, won the first set before Youzhny hit back with the next two. But Federer's hard-court circuit was cut short this year by a back injury, which hampered him in Montreal and caused him to withdraw from Cincinnati.

"I think I was also being a bit cautious with my movement. I didn't disappoint myself, whereas in the first round I was just not quite sure".

"Yes, I might feel more exhausted than I normally would going into a third round, but that's okay", Federer said.

Federer had to come from two sets to one down to prevail in NY and he admitted a lack of preparation has affected his performances. In the fourth, Federer was the first one to score a break, and wound up serving at 3-1. I hope I can do these things a bit more often'. "I thought my legs were not really working after losing the second, beginning of the third".


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