Roger Federer has advanced to the second round of the US Open on Tuesday by defeating Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-1 6-2 6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 34-year-old second-seeded Swiss star, seeking his 18th Grand Slam singles title, is aiming to capture his sixth US Open crown and become the oldest US Open men’s champion in 45 years.
In the early men’s action, America No.1 John Isner breezed past Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-2 6-3 6-4 on the back of 24 aces and 54 winners.
Sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, who made the semi-finals in 2012, was also a comfortable winner, seeing off American wildcard Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3 6-2 6-4.
But heading out of the tournament was the French 11th seed Gilles Simon, who lost 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 to world No.68 Donald Young of the United States.
Japan may have lost fourth seed Kei Nishikori in the first round on Monday, but 19-year-old Yoshihito Nishioka restored some national pride with a 6-4 2-6 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-2 win over fellow qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu of France.