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Federer, Serena ease into US Open Round 2

By Pawan Atri    + Follow

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Keywords: US Open | Roger-Federer | Marinko-Matosevic | Serena-Williams | Taylor -Townsend
Federer, Serena ease into US Open Round 2
17-time Grand Slam champions and overwhelming favorites Roger Federer and Serena Williams, both seeking their sixth US Open crowns rolled over their respective first round rivals in the form of Marinko Matosevic and Taylor Townsend here in New York on Tuesday evening. The two superstars looked in supreme form as they simply played some fantastic tennis out there on Arthur Ashe to completely outplay their adversaries to ease into the next round of the tournament with swift and smooth straight sets victories.

Five-time former men’s champion Roger Federer and reigning women’s titlist Serena Williams made a steady start to their campaigns at the 2014 US Open here at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Big Apple on Tuesday night.

Well, it was Federer, who put up a classy exhibition of his wizardry as he mesmerized the crowd with an array of  flick lobs, picture perfect forehands down the line, a series of topspin backhand winners, unbelievable tweeners, nice crispy volleys and much more in his 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) defeat of the 29-year-old Marinko Matosevic; Serena had a routine day at the office as she came up with a 55-minute act of precision and power to romp through to a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over fellow American Taylor Townsend in only 55 minutes.

Match Cast: Serena vs. Townsend!

Federer clobbered 41 winners and 10 aces in his opener against Matosevic and the only stat he would be disappointed with was his conversion rate on break points which was a poor 3 for 14. Still, he must be satisfied with his overall performance.

Match Cast: Federer vs. Matosevic!

Serena on the other hand, looked in magnificent touch and showed no mercy at all to her younger compatriot throughout the match. Townsend tried hard, but was unable to live with the kind of pressure that the World No 1 applied to her. The World No.1 hammered 16 winners, and was largely assisted by the 20 unforced errors that Townsend committed in the contest.                                                                                                                          

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US Open, Men Singles  Final
Kei Nishikori (JPN) 0 3 3 3
Marin Cilic (CRO) Winner 3 6 6 6
Nishikori - Cilic    3 - 6    3 - 6    3 - 6   
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