Roger Federer did it in five sets, as Rafael Nadal also came from behind to reach the US Open next round.
Federer, yet again, had to slug it out in five sets before defeating Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny at the US Open. It would be the second time in three days in which he’d be taken to the fifth set.
The No. 3 seed was two sets to one down but ultimately bounced back to win 6-1, 6(3)-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in New York.
“I think because you’re on a high, you’re thrilled that you got through, so you don’t look at the negative… My preparation hasn’t been good at all here. I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have like to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance,” he said after the match.
This was the 17th meeting between these two, and the Swiss man has come out on top in all 17 meetings.
Federer goes on to face Feliciano Lopez in round three at Flushing Meadows.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal needed four sets to see off Japan’s Taro Daniel after dropping the first set to reach the third round.
The Spaniard won his ATP-best 51st match of the year by 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 over the 24-year old Daniel.
“It’s a very important victory,” Nadal said. It’s true I didn’t play very well tonight but it’s true I’m through to the third round.”
Nadal will face 59th-ranked Leonardo Mayer on Saturday for a place in the last 16.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Single, Ukranian fourth seed Elina Svitolina breezed past Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-4, 6-4 to reach the US Open third round in what was an untroubled affair for her.
Svitolina will face American Shelby Rogers for a berth in the last 16.