Swiss star makes interesting claim about 2008 US Open win

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both progressed to the second round of the US Open as extreme heat took its toll on the players at Flushing Meadows in NY. "That was meaning like I never lost a first-round match here at the Open".

These two met just a couple of months ago in Halle in a match which arguably Paire should have won considering he squandered two match points.

Vandeweghe made a total of 35 unforced errors, 16 more than Flipkens.

In the women's draw, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark overcame Australian Sam Stosur 6-3, 6-2 to set up a meeting with Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko.

He may have skipped humility in the humidity but it was tough argue against the No. 2 seed.

The players took a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets to help them cope with the conditions and spent the downtime side-by-side, "naked in the ice baths", Djokovic said in a post-match broadcast interview. But he unraveled the tape shortly before saying he could not continue.

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. There is no such rule on the ATP Tour.

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The WTA's heat rule is in effect at the U.S. Open, allowing female players a break between the second and third sets.

It was a very good start from both players, reaching 5-5 after just 33 minutes, and Novak was there to compete against the world's leading player from the past four seasons, controlling his serve and groundstrokes well to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard. He even has one posing with the tiniest member of the tennis fraternity, Olympia Ohanian, the daughter of Serena Williams. Kvitova and Yanina Wickmayer wore towels around their necks during changeovers to battle the heat.

The Serb, a two-time champion, faces American Tennys Sandgren, while 2006 victor Sharapova plays Sorana Cirstea.

For years, actually, Federer has dealt with questions about when he might retire.

Federer, playing in the US Open main draw for the 18th time, is bidding for an eighth men's final in NY - which would equal the record set by Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl.

They'll see him again against Kyrgios, who burst onto the scene with a win against No. 1 Rafael Nadal in 2014 at Wimbledon. And his plan to pass on Dubai - where temps this week hit 110 degrees - for the breezy 90s in NY could be a factor in how far he goes.

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