Follow us


US Open: Roger Federer survives scare against 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe, Rafael Nadal gets easy win

Nadal, in contrast to Federer, cruised through his match

Utathya Nag utathya10 30 August 2017, 5:43 PM
Federer took 5 sets to beat American teenager Frances Tiafoe

Federer took 5 sets to beat American teenager Frances Tiafoe Image: AP

Roger Federer overcame a slow start, then a late lapse, and needed five sets to win a topsy-turvy first-round match at the US Open against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe. Current World no. 1 Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, had lesser trouble dispatching Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in the first round.

The No. 3-seeded Federer got broken in the first game and dropped the opening set, and then appeared to take control before letting a lead slip away. Eventually, he edged the 70th-ranked Tiafoe 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 by breaking serve in the last game.

It was Federer's 79th career victory at the US Open, equaling Andre Agassi for second-most. Only Jimmy Connors has more, with 98.

"I didn't have the preparation I was hoping to get. I always knew I was going to come in feeling rusty or not great. I was quite up and down" Federer said after the match.

Federer's biggest rival in the tournament, Nadal, improved on his 13-0 record in US Open first-round matches by beating Serbia's Dusan Lajovic.

The no. 1 seed dominated after a first set that lasted more than an hour. With rain wiping out most of the day's play, Nadal became the first man to complete a match Tuesday.

With his victory, the two-time US Open champion assured that Roger Federer has to reach the semifinals for a chance to regain the no. 1 ranking.

(With inputs from AP)

Read more:

Watch: The GOAT or a goat? Little kid floors Roger Federer with adorable question ahead of US Open

Wimbledon: Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic in final to clinch record 8th title

Trending stories

We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website by showing you relevant ads and content. By continuing your navigation, you accept the placement and use of cookies. To learn more about cookies and/ or to opt-out of these services, please see our Cookie Policy.