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Five-time US Open champion, Roger Federer looked far from his best, but in the end he managed to win his opening encounter of the 2011 US Open in straight sets against World No. 56 Santiago Giraldo of Colombia with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 scoreline and reached the second-round of this year’s last Grand Slam tournament, being played here at Flushing Meadows, New York.
Federer took 1 hour and 46 minutes to win this match. The Swiss also looked feeble at times, as he committed 35 unforced errors and also offered many freebies to Giraldo. But, the Swiss made up for unforced errors with 36 winners, which proved crucial – in the end. The Swiss earned 72% points on his first serve and converted 7 out of 8 break points.
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After 36 minutes of play in the first set, Federer clinched it as he tackled mid-set crisis very well. The third-seed raced to a 5-1 lead before losing his concentration, but regrouped him nicely at the right time and won the first set. Federer committed 17 unforced errors, but made up for them with 12 massive winners in the first set.
The trend continued, as Federer took 40 minutes to win the second-set. The Swiss ace served really well, as he earned 70% points on his first serve, fired 11 winners and also smacked 4 aces. Federer converted 2 out of 5 break points to win the second-set. Both contenders committed 10 unforced errors, but Giraldo could only muster 8 winners - which made all the difference in deciding the outcome of the second-set.
Federer clinched the third-set in 30 minutes, as he raced to a 4-0 lead before Giraldo could hold on to his serve. Finally, Federer won the third set and match with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 scoreline. In the second-round, Federer will take on Dudi Sela of Israel, who rallied past World No. 35 Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil from two sets down to win the match with a 4-6 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-0 scoreline.
Earlier in the day, World No.8 Mardy Fish overwhelmed German Tobias Kamke, as he posted a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win in one hour and 43 minutes of play to secure his berth in the second round of the 2011 US Open Tennis Championships. In the second-round, Fish will take on Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, who rallied past Thiemo Debakker of Netherlands with a 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-2 scoreline.
On the other hand, Croatian Marin Cilic posted a convincing 6-2, 7-5, 7-6(6) win over American Ryan Harrison to advance to the second round. In the second-round, Cilic will take on Australian tennis sensation Bernard Tomic who eased past Michael Yani of USA with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 scoreline.
Other notable winners of the day were: Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych, Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Monaco, Philip Petzschner and Alexandr Dolgopolov, Mikhail Kukushkin, Michael Llodra, Ivo Karlovic, Kevin Anderson and Juan Carlos Ferrero. Well, Ferrero will meet World No. 7 Gael Monfils of France in the second-round of the tournament. Monfils edged past Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria with a 7-6 6-3 6-4 scoreline.
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