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Defending champions cruise into third round in New York
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Top seed and five time defending champion Roger Federer reached the third round of the 2009 US Open with a straight set, yet hard-fought win over German Simon Greul.
"I just had to make him play more shots, be more tough," told Federer. "I had to raise my level today to win because that's what was required to get through."
Earlier in the day, former world number one Rafael Nadal cruised to victory in his 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 demolition of Frenchman Richard Gasquet. He was later joined by Jurgen Melzer, who took out 2000 champion Marat Safin in four tough sets.
“I think I'm practicing and playing with good tactics and a positive attitude,” said Nadal. “That's the important thing right now. Later, I’ll try to get more rhythm and more confidence winning matches.”
Other notable winners of the day were Juan Martin Del Potro, Gael Monfils, Lleyton Hewitt, Gilles Simon, David Ferrer, Philipp Petzschner and Nicolas Almagro, who all registered convincing victories over their respective opponents.
In the women's matches, three time champion Serena Williams looked in killing form in her match against Hungarian Melinda Czink, who could only manage one game in each set and lost the 6-1, 6-1 match in just under an hour.
Serena next faces Spaniard Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez, who took out German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3.
Earlier in the day, two time champion Venus Williams also made it to the next round with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a 73 minute match.
"With the first round, you just go on so much adrenaline," Venus said.
"Next day everything kind of starts to sink in. You just really start to feel it. But that's the good thing about these situations, playing in big stadiums, and just being in the match kind of gets your juices flowing. That kind of helps a bit."
The major upsets of the day included Stanford champion Marion Bartoli, who lost her 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 match to comeback queen Kim Clijsters and two time Grand Slam champion Amelie Mauresmo, who gave way to young Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, losing the 4-6, 0-6 match rather handily.
Other winners of the day included Flavia Pennetta, who double bagled Indian Star Sania Mirza, No.7 Vera Zvonareva, No.8 Victoria Azarenka, Vania King, Francesca Schiavone and Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova, who all looked impressive in their respective second round matches.
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