Federer express rushes to third round appointment

Thu Sep 3, 2015 10:34pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roger Federer kept up his sprint through the early rounds of the U.S. Open on Thursday, steamrolling Steve Darcis of Belgium 6-1 6-2 6-1 to reach the third round of the year's final grand slam.

Federer took just 80 minutes to dispatch the 66th-ranked Darcis under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium and has lost just nine games in his first two matches.

In an ominous warning to his rivals, Federer said his early form points to a successful fortnight at Flushing Meadows, one of his favorite haunts.

"Very often I start this tournament quite strong," said the 34-year-old.

"It's always gone quite well for me. I've always enjoyed conditions here - the balls, the speed of the court, the atmosphere in the arena.

"I think this is another good year."

Federer won five U.S. Open titles in a row from 2004 to 2008 but has not made it to the final in New York since finishing runner-up in 2009.

The evergreen Swiss is feeling confident this time after a strong season and impressive build-up to the event.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland rises in the air as he prepares to hit a smash to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina during their first round match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 1, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif