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Roger Federer v Frances Tiafoe - player profiles

Aug 29 2017 New York NY USA Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after match point against Frances Tiafoe of the United States on day two of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Roger Federer v Frances Tiafoe - player profiles
Vera Richards | 31 August, 2017, 07:02

One of the great rivalries in sport, Federer, a five-time US Open victor and Nadal, twice champion, have clashed 37 times over the years but never have they stood across the net on Flushing Meadows' hardcourts. Babos took the opening set 7-6 (4).

However, his poor form returned in a 23-minute fourth set when his serve and the accuracy of his trusty one-handed backhand completely deserted him.

Under pressure, and facing the prospect of a first-ever first-round loss in New York, Federer managed to secure an early break in the fifth set but could not secure victory over the world No 70 when he served for the match at 5-3.

"We had a good fight", Federer said in an on-court interview. "So I believe this is going to give me great confidence in the body and also in my game because preparation was a big compromise".

Federer closes proceedings on centre court, which was equipped with a roof a year ago that could prove helpful as rain might disrupt the action at Flushing Meadows.

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The Swiss star who has never lost before the third round at the US Open will now look to continue that streak when he meets Slovakia's Blaz Kavcic or Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the second round. Federer went up 3-1, then got broken while serving for the match at 5-3. "I was being too cautious with my movement".

"Then in the second set, it all started to come together".

"He won by the skin of his teeth", Tiafoe said afterwards. "I'd imagine I was playing against Rafa or Roger in the US Open, that those guys were just on the other side of the wall".

The Arthur Ashe Stadium reached fever-pitch as both players stepped out for the final set, and it was Federer who broke first against an opponent who was playing in just the third five-set match of his career. In 2017, he is 36-3 with five titles, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon, where Federer won every set he played across seven matches while collecting his record eighth trophy at the All England Club and 19th Grand Slam championship overall. "My hope and belief is that it's only going to get better". I didn't think it was that bad and when the crowd got into it it was really cool.

Time to play catch-up at the U.S. Open.

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