Federer takes two-set lead over Nagal after 1st set loss

Saturday, 31 Aug, 2019

Roger Federer will try to avoid another slow start when he kicks off the day session on Arthur Ashe against Briton Dan Evans and will be followed on the court by six-time champion Williams.

After losing the first set, Williams took a 5-2 lead in the second set before McNally staved off four set points to make it 5-3.

The only time Williams was beaten as early as the third round in NY was in her tournament debut all way back in 1998 when she was just 16. Federer has never lost in the first or second rounds of the main draw of the event since he began playing it in 2000. She earned a wildcard entry into the 2019 U.S. Open. Keep track of tournaments on live Stream and Ticker, you can learn a lot of background info to the players and watch game Highlights in the Video.

"She really came out and played really well, she showed no fear".

McNally outlasted Williams after the first ten games, claiming the first set 7-5.

With the goal of winning the 21st Grand Slam singles title, the Swiss star Federer won the first round, but not as easily as he would have expected. But it's OK, I'm still here and happy to be on this court.

It was little more than an act of defiance, Federer breaking straight back to love and running away with the set, wrapping up victory in just one hour and 20 minutes. You can't win tournaments making that many errors. FIghting hard, Nagal won two points but could not repeat the performance of first set.

Federer finally came out in full flight to start the second set, pinning Dzumhur to the baseline with increased pace on both wings.

Extending his lead, Federer won the third set easily and manage to find more rhythm in the game. And McNally is already thinking about how to match Williams when she lifts her level to dominate, as she did in taking nine of the final 11 games.

She forced Svitolina to serve for the match, the Ukrainian fifth seed eventually crossing the line for a 6-4 6-4 victory.

"It was definitely something to get used to", Williams said of McNally's playing style.

'But, yeah, I can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward'. "Just too good. That's how I see it". First set was unbelievable tennis. That's why I think he's going to have a very solid career."Up next for Federer, who is seeking a record-extending 21st career Grand Slam title, will be Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur, who beat Frenchman Elliot Benchetrit earlier on Monday".

Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova overcame her emotions and an inspired opponent to also advance to the round of 16, downing Ons Jabeur 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.