Federer in daytime action on U.S. Open day four

Caroline Wozniacki

"If the team and everybody thinks that this is it now, and I feel it's truly that, I wouldn't probably tell it to that one journalist just it happened I was doing that interview that day", he said. The 23-year-old was not getting too far ahead of himself, however, as first he must find a way past Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Thursday. "Almost time to retire - but not yet".

The Swiss star, who has not won the last Grand Slam of the year since 2008, hit 56 winners in a dominant performance.

Federer conceded the game amid confusion among the crowd on Ashe, and then was broken for the first time in the following game when Nishioka converted his sixth break point of the set.

Back in 2005 and 2006, Roger Federer had dominated the men's game like nearly no one before him, losing just nine matches in total and standing as the main contender for nearly every big title in the calendar. Both could be on tap at the US Open: Federer needed a few swigs of water on another steamy day at the Open, and he played like a former champion set to uncork a celebratory bottle of bubbly.

Serena Williams also won on her return to Flushing Meadows, beating Magda Linette 6-4 6-0, while Rafael Nadal benefited from David Ferrer's mid-match retirement, the unfortunate Spaniard pulling the plug for the first time in his final grand slam match.

An evident favourite, Federer had earlier defeated Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in their opening-round clash to storm into the next round.He will next take on Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the third round on Saturday. The Frenchman won their only prior meeting when Kyrgios retired injured while trailing a set in the first round at Wimbledon a year ago. 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.

Paire came through a tough first round encounter with qualifier Dennis Novak on Tuesday, eventually prevailing 7-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6. But, no, never gets old.

Despite missing colossal chances to take both of the opening two sets, Novak was still in the match and he had three break points in the fifth game of the third set.

Djokovic had a much easier victory over Sandgren, an American ranked 61st, in Wimbledon's first round this year, dropping only six games in all.

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