x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Federer powers past Sela in straight sets

Roger Federer, the five-time men's US Open champion, eased into the third round of the US Open last night with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Israeli Dudi Sela.

Roger Federer, the five-time men's US Open champion, eased into the third round of the US Open last night with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Israeli Dudi Sela.

Federer, the third seed, needed just 77 minutes to set up a meeting with either the Australian teenager Bernard Tomic or 27th-seeded Marin Cilic.

Britain's Andy Murray is now looking to a second-round date with Dutchman Robin Hasse, who booked his spot with a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Portugal's Rui Machado.

"He's a tough player, he nearly beat Rafa [Nadal] a few years ago at Wimbledon. I've got to be ready for that one," Murray said.

In the women's draw, Jelena Jankovic shook off a back problem to beat Jelena Dokic in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, to reach the third round yesterday.

The Serbian No 11 seed needed an injury time-out after winning her first set in an uncomfortable match against the world No 73 Australian.

Dokic had 15 double-faults in nine service games, getting broken six times. Jankovic was broken four times.

Jankovic has not advanced past the third round at Flushing Meadows since 2008, when she lost to Serena Williams in her only grand slam final.

Francesca Schiavone, the No 7 seed, was a far more comfortable victor in her second round match, beating Mirjana Lucic 6-1, 6-1.

The Italian needed just 53 minutes to dispatch the Croatian and did not face a break point.

Roberta Vinci, the 18th-seeded Italian was another straight sets winner, beating Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-3.