Roger Federer needed 2 hours and 41 minutes to defeat American teenage sensation, Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the US Open.
The Swiss won 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in his first ever match under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof.
Federer will next face the winner of the match between Mikhail Youzhny and Blaz Kavcic on Thursday.
Only nine players completed their matches as rain ensured the remaining matches were either suspended or postponed.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal had to overcome a very shaky start to defeat Dusan Lajovic in straight sets, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 6-2 to reach the second round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
Lajovic played very well in the early stages as he matched Nadal for much of the first set with an unexpectedly high standard of tennis.
But his 83% first serve percentage and the rate of winners (nine) both dropped substantially as Nadal’s class showed.
After taking the first set on a tie-break, Nadal imposed his authority on the World No. 85.
“At the beginning, I felt he was controlling the points too many times,” Nadal said. “But I played a good point at 6-6, then hit a good winner to win the set. Then everything was changing. “The first round is never easy, there are nerves out here when you play in his amazing place.”The match was played under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof because of heavy rain in New York.
Nadal will next face the winner of the match between Taro Daniel and Tommy Paul.
Alexander Zverev secured a hard fought 7-6, 7-5, 6-4 first round win over qualifier Darian King on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Zverev didn’t have things his way as he failed to impose his game, looking frustrated occasionally and committed 64 unforced errors.
King, the first player from Barbados to play at a major championship, opened up a 3-1 lead in the first set, which lasted 82 minutes.
The German will next face fellow #NextGenATP Borna Coric, who is currently No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Race To London for one of the eight places at the Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held from 7-11 November in Milan.
Other Results from yesterday’s US Open action
Dominic Thiem vs. Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-1, 1-0 yet to be concluded
Richard Gasquet vs. Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 2-6 yet to be concluded
Bjorn Fratangelo vs. Ivo Karlovic 7-6, 6-3 yet to be concluded
Leonardo Mayer vs. Richard Gasquet 3-6, 6-2 yet to be concluded
Maximilian Marterer vs. Donald Young 3-6, 6-1, 0-2 yet to be concluded