Federer clarifies joke about retirement after US Open win

Federer is the third favourite according to Rusedski

Federer is the third favourite according to Rusedski

He said: "Well, I really hope that this guy would win today just because I feel like I've improved many things over the years".

Speaking to sports channel Sport Klub, Vemic said, "Like for all the athletes, you have ups and down, due to an injury, fatigue. It's nearly time to retire, but not yet", the 37-year-old said with a smile, adding that the conditions had been tough. "Don't even write that word". Federer, a five-time champion hit a total of 56 winners which is way above Nishioka's 17 as the decorated Grand Slam victor gets ready to play Benoit Paire of France in the next round.

Handed a tough draw and with question marks over his form following a shock Wimbledon quarter-final exit at the hands of Kevin Anderson, Federer made a real statement to the rest of the draw that he is fit and firing. In part, that's because elite tennis players often used to become not-so-elite by the time they passed the age of 30. The match maybe doesn't look at good.

Dressed from head to toe in a plum-colored outfit, the 20-time major champion delivered 14 aces and never was in any trouble during a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory over 117th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night.

Both players were given a 10-minute heat break in between the third and fourth sets - the first time organisers of the tournament have implemented an extreme heat policy. By then, the match was 1 hour, 45 minutes old - and it would last another seven minutes.

"Thankfully I wasn't too nervous tonight. Then you get to a point where everybody has to ask it because it could be that I would be the one in that very moment to reveal that this might be it".

" Game-wise, I never felt comfortable here".

"I just come up to the line", Kyrgios said, "and try to serve it as hard as I can".

"So, yeah, there's pressure". But, no, never gets old. "I'm happy I've never stumbled at the first hurdle, nearly time to retire but not yet, so I'm happy I played well tonight".

The No. 2-seeded Federer is seeking his sixth title at the U.S. Open, but first in a decade.

The American with the right name for his sport, Tennys Sandgren, will take a shot at 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic at the second consecutive Grand Slam tournament. Why not have a stab at that top spot more than five years after his last residency?

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