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Swiss swishes through

Top-seeded Federer played up to his billing Monday night, dispatching American Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to open his quest for a sixth US Open title, which would be an Open-era record.

sports Updated: Aug 28, 2012 23:13 IST
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Despite some of the heartbreak he's suffered here the last few years, Roger Federer has always loved these trips to New York.

Top-seeded Federer played up to his billing Monday night, dispatching American Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to open his quest for a sixth US Open title, which would be an Open-era record.

"The US Open, for me, was always, I don't want to say easy, but very natural and I've always looked forward to it in a big way," Federer said.

Possibly because of matches like Monday's, in which 20,000-plus fans cheered him on during a breezy-but-comfortable night for a win that took only 1 hour, 34 minutes.

"It's a place that brings out the best in me," Federer said.

With his Wimbledon title and the silver medal at the Olympics earlier this summer, Federer returned to No. 1 for the first time in 25 months.

His first career match against Young was a predictable affair, with Young trying to force the issue by coming to the net and Federer taking advantage of his younger competitor's impatience. He finished with 27 winners and 24 unforced errors, compared to 17 and 30 for Young.

Young fell to 3-22 this year, including a 17-match losing streak.

"It's a lot of pressure because I'm going into this match as a big favorite," Federer said. "But Donald put up a great fight. He's had a rough year and I'm glad to see he's playing better."

"And for me," Federer said, "it continues."

There were times when it seemed as if it would never end, most notably in 2008, when Federer won his fifth consecutive US Open.

Li na eases through
Chinese ninth seed Li Na and defending champion Samantha Stosur reached the US Open tennis second round Monday with easy victories.

Li, the 2011 French Open champion, snatched a 6-2, 6-3 win over Britain's Heather Watson but had to endure a marathon rain break before sealing the triumph, reports Xinhua.

Stosur had an impressive start to her title defense, crushing Croatian Petra Martic 6-1, 6-1 in just 51 minutes.

Li, who had lost in the first round on her last two visits, will face Australia's Casey Dellacqua, who ousted Lesia Tsurenko also 6-2, 6-3, for a place in the last 32.