Roger Federer (Photo : Reuters)
Tennis super-player and five-time champion, Roger Federer, demolished American Donald Young in the U.S. Open 2012 on Monday. Federer beat Young in just three sets, 6-3 6-2 6-4 to reach the second round, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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The tennis player, who won his 17th grand slam title at Wimbledon last month, dismissed talk of being a favorite of the championship games. The No. 1-ranked player told several reporters that No. 2-ranked player, Novak Djokovic from Serbia, was the real favorite.
According to the Tribune, Federer told reporters, "I still think Novak is the favorite for the title coming in here." The Swiss continued, "He's the defending champion, he's probably won more hard court titles than anyone in the last few years and he also beat me here in the last two years."
According to CBS Sports, Novak has in fact won four of his five Grand Slams on a hard court and has played in the U.S. Open back-to-back years.
Federer is expected to play against German player Bjorn Phau in the second round, the Tribune reported. Novak, who will play his first round on Tuesday, will play Italian Paolo Lorenzi, who is ranked 69 in the world.
Major female players will also make appearances during the U.S. Open. ESPN reported that 16 American players, including Serena Williams, will participate. No. 2-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska beat Nina Bratchikova of Russia on Tuesday to pass to the second round, the Washington Post reported.
The U.S. Open dates back to 1881 and is part of the Grand Slam Tennis series.