US Open, Federer, Murray escape, not Hewitt
World number two Roger Federer clinched a straight-sets victory in the first Arthur Ashe match of US Open while Andy Murray ensured a dramatic comeback to avoid an upset.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner Swiss star rolled into the third round of the US Open still seeking ways of improving his game at 34. Federer in quest of his first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2012, took only 80 minutes to beat Belgium's Steve Darcis 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.
Next up for the Swiss star Federer will be German 29th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. Federer proved he still has what it takes to compete for a title by becoming July's Wimbledon finalist, losing to Novak Djokovic.
But it was not Lleyton Hewitt’s day as he had to leave the torch to the next generation of Australian tennis players on Thursday. He was defeated in his final appearance at the US Open match by Bernard Tomic in a five-set thriller. Tomic confirmed a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 win over Hweitt in a 3 hours and 27 minutes match.
As he bid farewell to a retiring rival Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the US Open, Federer said that he had no idea when he may decide to call it quits. He termed this year another good year for him.
The Swiss star recalled that Hewitt, the winner of the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon crowns, taught some lessons that helped him to win his first Grand Slam title Wimbledon in 2003.
Federer and Hewitt even played doubles together several times. Federer also said Hewitt was a big challenge in his career to understand how in the world, a person can be so tough mentally and physically at such a young age. Hewitt really changed things around and showed me how it is done. He also made me work harder in practice.
In another crucial match, Andy Murray fought back from two sets down to defeat France's Adrian Mannarino at the US Open. The 2012 Champion and third seeded Andy Murray beat world number 35 Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in a three hours and 17 minutes marathon. Murray's better physical condition proved crucial whiled Mannarino became exhausted by the 30-degree heat and humidity in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Eugenie Bouchard celebrated her win over Polona Hercog of Slovenia during her second round match in the National Tennis Center. The 21-year-old Canadian beauty came through 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3 against Slovenia's Polona Hercog. Bouchard reached the semifinals of the first two Grand Slams this year before making the title round of Wimbledon. She is one of the tournament’s most consistent players.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic celebrated his victory by dancing on court with a fan who gifted the player with a T-shirt. After the second-round win that ceased shortly before midnight under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Djokovic started dancing with a man who came out of the stands as music blared on the arena's speakers. Djokovic rolled into the US Open third round with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over the 52nd ranked Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer.
Spectators and the couple hundred fans at the end of the Novak-Maurer match, may have assumed it was a creepy episode of a fan overlooking the security. His dancing performance brought enthusiastic applause from Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx, who was sitting behind Djokovic's coach Boris Becker in the players’ box. Djokovic owns the 2011 U.S. Open among nine other Grand Slam titles. It was the second match in succession that he had not to face a break point.