While some people believe Roger Federer’s Grand Slam claims are fading, the Swiss maestro’s impeccable record speaks for itself when it comes to seamless progression through the early rounds.
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You have to go back all the way to 2004 to find evidence of arguably the game’s greatest wielder of a racket having dropped a set in the opening two rounds at Flushing Meadows.
The five-time US Open champ swatted aside Grega Zemlja in the first round, hitting 35 winners past the Slovenian and should have no trouble handing out more of the same treatment to Berlocq, whom had to come through a gruelling five-setter against Santiago Giraldo.
While the crowd are sure to be on the side of home-grown talent Young, his German opponent still has the requisite skills to see off a player ranked 110 places below him. Mayer was well on his way to beating the dangerous Juan Monaco in round one before forcing his retirement at 6-4, 6-2, 3-0.
Both players required five-set wins in round one, though the calibre of their respective opponent gives clues as to who was playing the better tennis. Whereas Davydenko struggled against world number 115 Rhyne Williams, Dodig overcame Wimbledon quarter-finalist Fernando Verdasco, winning 67 per cent of his break points in the process, which stands him in good stead.
The head-to-head between these top-40 players reads 3-3 at present, with two opposing styles throwing up some great matches. Neither player has ever beaten the other in straight sets, while eight of the 19 sets contested have gone to a tie break, suggesting this could go the distance.
South African Anderson won these players’ only other encounter which came on the hard stuff, albeit that victory was at the back end of 2011. Still, he brings by far the better form than his Cypriot opponent who had only won two of his last 12 matches previous to his first-round win.
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