Third seed Roger Federer shook off a slow start against Damir Dzumhur in their second-round clash on Wednesday's US Open, rounding out to form a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 victory
The win bumped Federer to 19-0 in second-round matches at the US Open, but he dropped the opening set in his first-round clash against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal on Monday. Dubai (d. Djokovic and Berdych).
Dzumhur had not taken a set-up in their previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, but the World No. 99 in the ATP rankings was unawed by competing at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Dzumhur raised his level in critical moments.
He was a person out of the court and on the He was definitely, for me, the best player in tennis history, "Dzumhur told ATPTour.com before his latest clash against Federer. "I just think that I have a good time playing with you." 1
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After pondering his form at the changeover, Federer came out in full flight to start the second set. Pinning Dzumhur to the baseline with increased pace on both wings, the Swiss leaps in the air after rifling a forehand winner to hold the serve for a 4-1 lead.
The third set of scoreline did not reflect the numerous challenges posed to Federer throughout. Dzumhur at the Fourth Game, but Federer continues to come up with the goods – a cheeky drop shot in the second game and a forehand winner in the seventh game – to keep the score back to deuce. The Swiss took a commanding lead with an ace, marking his 43rd overall winner of the match.
Federer scored an early break at 1-1 in the fourth set and the slight advantage was all he needed.
Next up for Federer is no. 25 seed Lucas Pouille of France or Brit Daniel Evans. Federer is 2-0 against both men in their respective FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalries and has not dropped to either player.