(New York) This time, Roger Federer wasted no time. The Swiss won in three sets for the first time this year at the US Open, defeating Daniel Evans 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to secure his ticket to the round of 16.
Federer, third seed and five-time champion at Flushing Meadows, had lost the first run in his previous two games but that was not the case against Evans, 58e global player. He scored 48 winners and 10 aces to easily secure the win, his 18e in a row in the third round of the New York tournament.
However, history plays against him since no man has yet lost the first leg of his first two games and then won the tournament. Federer is looking for a 21e Grand Slam title, which would improve his record in men.
His next opponent will be the winner of the match between David Goffin, 15e seeded, and Pablo Carreno Busta.
Favorite Novak Djokovic will face Denis Kudla in the evening. The Serbian hopes that his left shoulder injury, which required the trainer's intervention in his second round match, has improved and he will be able to continue defending his title.
Add the name of Kei Nishikori to the list of seeded players who were eliminated in the first week on the men's board.
Nishikori, no 7 and finalist in New York in 2014, lost to Alex de Minaur, no 38, 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. So there is only half of the first 12 seeds still in action. Others who have already packed up are Dominic Thiem, no 4, Stefanos Tsitsipas, no 8, Karen Khachanov, no 9, and Roberto Bautista Agus, no 10.
De Minaur, a 20-year-old Australian, who has won two tournaments this year, including last season's hard-fought Atlanta, dominated Nishikori in the baseline and took advantage of his opponent's 60 unforced errors .
In the next round, De Minaur has an appointment with the winner of the match between Grigor Dimitrov and Kamil Majchrzak, scheduled later Friday.