The best of Roger Federer always comes later. The Swiss maestro proved that once again in his U.S. Open victory against Colombian Santiago Giraldo in the first round of the tournament.
At the event although Federer hinted lethargy in the beginning, the former world number one soon picked up pace and showed why he was one of the front runners to win the tournament. He recorded his victory with a 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2.
Federer started the match in emphatic fashion. He blazed pass Giraldo to a 5-1 lead in just over 20 minutes but after that the five-time former champion showed slack allowing Giraldo to pick up 4 points before he finished the match.
Federer powered down Giraldo with his strong power shots on both wings. In spite of his finesse form Federer has been unable to maintain a stable performance. The 30-year-old inexplicably dropped his serve twice in succession before he took the first set under his name.
The second set was played in similar fashion. Federer, who made a flying start made 35 unforced errors in the match. In spite of the wobbles by the 3rd seed, Giraldo never posed a threat to Federer. Federer soon moved to a 4-0 lead and kept his lead by serving immaculately. The victory eventually came in an hour and 46 minutes.
In the next round, Federer is scheduled to play against Israeli, Dudi Sela. Sela just won a 5 set thriller over Thomaz Bellucci in the first round.
The interesting fact about the match was that Federer equaled Andre Agassi’s tally of 224 grand slam match wins. The record is second to the one set by Jimmy Connors of 233 grand slam victories. Federer was content with his performance and believes that he can break other records in the future.
Federer said, “It's always one of those moments you train for, to get on the first night of the US Open. You try to put on a good show and I was able to play a good match today, so I'm pleased. It could have been swifter maybe but I'm happy.”
Federer also criticized the courts made for the U.S. Open. He commented that they were quite slow and he did not like slow courts. Federer admitted that he was not used to slower courts and that was the main reason behind his turbulent form against Giraldo.
Federer continued, “You're not getting many free points on your serve and maybe that was part of the inconsistent play over the first two sets. It's just unfortunate maybe that all the slams are too equal. This should feel very different to the Australian Open and it doesn't. I don't think it's really what tennis needs.”