Roger Federer makes history by surviving again in 5 sets

Roger Federer makes history by surviving again in 5 sets

From there, Federer held serve and Youzhny called the trainer over between games.

"I really struggled early on".

ROGER FEDERER pulled off a second five-set win in 48 hours to keep his US Open dream alive. He has also had his share of luck along the way.

In terms of experience, he won't get much more than Mikhail Youzhny either, who he has been drawn to play in the second round.

"Can you please continue to play for eight to nine years so that I can play you when I go pro?" he asked. Being in the fifth set, I said, It's great, I'm still in the match.

"But I can not change the weather", he said. Federer started slowly to drop the first set in the first round of a Grand Slam since 2003 and then hiccuped near the finishing line too to waste a match and have his serve broken. Tiafoe capitalized on Federer's early mistakes and uneasiness, taking the first set with a powerful forehand.

World No. 3 Roger Federer was pushed to five sets by American teenager Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the 2017 US Open on Tuesday.

Roger Federer's ideal record in the first round of the U.S. Open was pushed to the limit Tuesday by 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe.

Roger Federer celebrates his victory at the US Open.

He called a medical time-out in the fourth set but the physio could only give him vitamin tablets as it's against the rules for the trainers to treat cramp.

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"I find my way", he said. Friday night, he wound up on the U.S. Open center court against one of the game's legends, and proved he is certainly a player to watch for in the future.

Federer later insisted that he was properly fit: 'This wasn't about the back, but I may be more exhausted than usual'.

He hit 68 unforced errors and only 63 winners, a very un-Federer-like ratio. They have also played at the other three Majors, but this will be their first meeting at the US Open.

While Federer moved poorly, Youzhny bounced around the court between points, showing a confidence that made the head-to-head record irrelevant. "I think it's going to be very interesting".

"All the matches are hard but especially here as everyone wants to play their best and if you don't play your best it will be very hard", Nadal said.

Federer, 36, finally overcame Youznhy 6-1, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to make the third round, and was helped by the fact that the Russian - who he has beaten 16 times before - looked even more crocked than he was.

Roger Federer opens his campaign at the US Open in search of a sixth title against American outsider Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday and although a semi-final against old foe Rafa Nadal is on the cards, the world number three insists he is not thinking about that possibility just yet.

Still, there is a long way to go before that marquee matchup can happen.

As his first round showed, Federer still has a lot of work to do for another shot at creating history.