Roger Federer had to come from a set down once again as he progressed into round three of the US Open with a 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 win over Damir Dzumhur.

Federer went behind to Sumit Nagal in his first-round match and suffered a similarly slow start in Wednesday's contest on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

But, much like in round one, the five-time Flushing Meadows champion - who made 45 unforced errors - found his form and once he nosed ahead in his 100th US Open match he never looked like slipping up.

The world number three was not handed it on a plate and although Dzumhur kept himself in it with some fine shots in the final set, Federer served out the win with the first match point on offer.

Dzumhur raced out of the blocks and stormed into a 4-0 lead after a second successive break.

Federer returned the favour in game five, but Dzumhur recovered from 30-0 down on his next service game - a sensational backhand slice forcing the former world number one to serve to stay in the set.

Federer did so successfully, but his opponent had his tail up and seized a one-set lead with just 29 minutes on the clock.

Another unforced error from the third seed handed Dzumhur a break point in the first game of set two, but the 27-year-old could not take his chance.

Federer made no such mistake, catching the Bosnian cold with a slick forehand down the line before executing a perfect drop shot en route to restoring parity.

A stunning cross-court backhand indicated Federer had hit his stride and the 38-year-old did well to save three break points for a 5-2 lead in the third.

With Dzumhur receiving treatment for an apparent side issue during changeovers, the Swiss closed out the set in his favour on his next serve.

Dzumhur's frustration at conceding his advantage started to show in set four, with a sloppy serve handing the 20-time grand slam champion a break in game three.

The finish line was in sight and Federer did not look back, finally breaking Dzumhur's resolve to set up a third-round clash with either Dan Evans or Lucas Pouille.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Roger Federer [3] bt Damir Dzumhur 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Federer – 58/45
Dzumhur – 26/40

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Federer – 16/4
Dzumhur – 2/8

BREAK POINTS WON
Federer – 5/9
Dzumhur – 2/8

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Federer – 69
Dzumhur – 65

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Federer – 77/43
Dzumhur – 64/51

TOTAL POINTS
Federer – 126
Dzumhur – 110

Nick Kyrgios backtracked on his claim the ATP is "corrupt" but criticised the organisation for what he believes are "double standards".

Krygios is no stranger to controversy and caused a stir on Tuesday when - after his straight-sets win over Steve Johnson in round one of the US Open - he hit out at the governing body in his news conference.

Having been asked about a $113,000 (£93,254) fine he received for an on-court outburst at the Western and Southern Open earlier in August, the 24-year-old said: "[The] ATP's pretty corrupt anyway, so I'm not fussed about it at all."

The Australian was handed the fine for smashing two rackets and verbally abusing umpire Fergus Murphy.

World number 30 Krygios has since clarified his comments, alleging other players escape unpunished for similar behaviour.

"I would like to go on record and clarify my comment around the ATP being corrupt," Krygios posted on Twitter.

"It was not correct and the intention was to address what I see as double standards rather than corruption.

"I know my behaviour at times has been controversial and that has landed me in trouble, which at times is granted and valid but my issue is around others whether gaining the same, less or more media attention doing the same or similar behaviour and not being sanctioned.

"To be clear I know I'm not perfect and do not pretend to be and I acknowledge I've deserved fines and sanctioning at times but I expect consistency and fairness with this across the board, to date that's not happened.

"I've had huge support from [ATP chairman] Chris Kermode and have given it in return, so I want to clarify my comments but stand by my beliefs and sentiment around double standards."

The ATP confirmed Kyrgios' comments in Tuesday's news conference would be investigated.

A statement issued to Omnisport read: "The comments made by Nick Kyrgios after his first-round match in New York will be assessed under the Player Major Offense provision under ATP Rules. 

"A determination will be made by Gayle David Bradshaw, executive vice president, rules & competition, following an investigation as required by ATP rules."

Alexander Zverev survived and Rafael Nadal cruised as four top-10 seeds incredibly suffered losses in the US Open first round on Tuesday.

Zverev looked like potentially joining the list of casualties before edging past Radu Albot in five sets at Flushing Meadows.

Nadal, meanwhile, never looked in trouble as he retained his perfect record in the opening round in New York.

However, top-10 seeds did fall as Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roberto Bautista Agut and Karen Khachanov made first-round exits.

 

ZVEREV EDGES THROUGH

A two-time French Open quarter-finalist, Zverev's record at grand slams has been questioned and it seemed set to be a talking point again.

But, the German sixth seed managed to get past Albot 6-1 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-2 after three hours, 10 minutes.

Zverev has never been beyond the third round at the year's final major and while the draw opened up on Tuesday, he faces a tough second-round match.

The 22-year-old will meet Frances Tiafoe, who led Ivo Karlovic 6-2 6-3 1-2 when the Croatian retired.

 

NADAL UNTROUBLED

Nadal, an 18-time grand slam champion, eased past John Millman 6-3 6-2 6-2 to improve to 15-0 in the first round at the US Open.

The Spaniard was relentless and consistent, eventually converting five of 15 break points in a comfortable win.

Nadal will face another Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis, after the 23-year-old claimed his first main-draw win at a major since 2015 by beating Ilya Ivashka 6-3 7-6 (10-8) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2.

SEEDS FALL

The fourth-seeded Thiem was not at full fitness as the Austrian bowed out to Thomas Fabbiano 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2.

Thiem and Tsitsipas made first-round exits at Wimbledon and the US Open, the Greek going down to another young star in Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (9-7) 7-5.

Khachanov and Bautista Agut, the ninth and 10th seeds respectively, suffered shock losses.

Vasek Pospisil upset Khachanov 4-6 7-5 7-5 4-6 6-3, while Mikhail Kukushkin beat Bautista Agut 3-6 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Meanwhile, 2014 champion Marin Cilic progressed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was beaten and Nick Kyrgios advanced in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal revealed he had offered his boat to Andy Murray while the Brit plays at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Mallorca.

Murray's singles comeback is gathering pace and he moved into the last 16 at the Rafa Nadal Open on Tuesday.

Nadal, meanwhile, eased past John Millman to improve to 15-0 in first-round matches at the US Open.

The Spaniard said he had been in touch with Murray to offer any help, and the use of his boat, while he plays in Mallorca.

"I think he used it already in the past, no? I just text him when I knew that he was going to play at the academy," Nadal told a news conference.

"I just text him a couple of days ago saying, 'if you need anything, just let me know. You want to go out with the boat or anything, I can help you, just let me know'.

"For us in the academy, it is great news that he's there, of course. I saw the court yesterday where he was playing, it was full crowded. I think it's great for him, great for us.

"For me personally, as I said a couple of times, happy for him. Honestly he did a lot of things to try to be back on court and keep playing tennis.

"The decision to go and play a Challenger is because he feels well, my feeling, the way that I see it. If you don't feel it very well, you play normal tour and just let's see how it goes.

"If one player like Andy is able to go and play a Challenger it's because physically he feels well and he wants to play matches."

Nadal crushed Millman 6-3 6-2 6-2 in the US Open first round on a day that saw multiple upsets in his half of the draw.

Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Karen Khachanov and Roberto Bautista Agut all made first-round exits.

"That's tennis. That's all the reaction I can say, no?" said Nadal, who will face Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round.

"When you start the tournament, you have difficult opponents in front. You need to go on court and respect every single opponent.

"I went on court today against a tough opponent knowing that I need to play well to win. If you play bad, you can lose.

"Tsitsipas had a very tough first round. Of course, Karen is a surprise. I think Thiem have been very sick for the last 10 days. I feel very sorry for him.

"Roberto was a surprise. Honestly, I'm very sad for him."

Rafael Nadal maintained his perfect first-round record at the US Open, cruising past John Millman on Tuesday.

The 18-time grand slam champion was untroubled by Australian Millman, easing to a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Nadal, a three-time champion at Flushing Meadows, improved to 15-0 in first-round matches in New York.

The Spanish second seed will face another Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis, in the second round.

After a gruelling start featuring numerous long exchanges, Nadal broke for 3-1 when Millman – trying to be aggressive – sent a forehand long.

Not even a time violation when serving for the set could slow down Nadal, who closed out the opener.

While not at his best, Nadal looked comfortable and he broke in the fifth game of the second set, forcing Millman into an error with a brilliant forehand down the line.

Nadal eased through the second set and made the perfect start to the third, breaking in the opening game after another big forehand.

Millman stunned Roger Federer on his way to the US Open quarter-finals last year, but he was no match for a typically relentless Nadal, who powered through.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Rafael Nadal [2] bt John Millman 6-3 6-2 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Nadal – 21/31
Millman – 17/22

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Nadal – 6/3
Millman – 4/0

BREAK POINTS WON
Nadal – 5/15
Millman – 0/3

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Nadal – 58
Millman – 68

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Nadal – 80/56
Millman – 63/36

TOTAL POINTS
Nadal – 93
Millman – 70

Andy Murray said he was happy with his performance after defeating third seed Norbert Gombos at the Rafa Nadal Open as the three-time grand slam champion's singles comeback continued.

Murray advanced to the round of 16 in Mallorca, where the former world number one overcame Gombos 6-3 6-4 on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Murray dropped down to the ATP Challenger Tour for the first time since 2005 in a bid to improve his fitness following hip resurfacing surgery in January, which threatened to end his stellar career.

After blitzing teenager Imran Sibille in his opener, Murray upstaged Gombos – who leads the Challenger circuit for match wins with a 36-16 record.

"I think I did well, it was a tough match," said Murray. "He hits his shots very hard, so I had to do quite a lot of moving and defending.

"There are things I'd like to do better, but it was a good match.

"I don't play tomorrow [Wednesday], so that's nice to get a day to rest and recover. That's important at this stage of my comeback."

Murray, who will face world number 240 Matteo Viola for a place in the quarter-finals, is featuring on the Challenger Tour for the first time in 14 years.

The Brit started a singles comeback at ATP Masters 1000 tournament the Western & Southern Open before making a swift exit from the Winston-Salem Open.

Murray – who played a series of high-profile doubles tournaments after teaming up with Serena Williams in the mixed event at Wimbledon – then opted to skip the US Open in New York.

French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem suffered an opening-round defeat at the US Open as Thomas Fabbiano claimed a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 victory at Flushing Meadows.

Having overcome Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round at Wimbledon, world number 87 Fabbiano repeated the feat of knocking out a seed at the first hurdle in the final grand slam of the year.

Thiem, who was also beaten in the first round at Wimbledon but bounced back by winning in his home tournament at Kitzbuhel, was never allowed to get into his stride by the Italian, who earned his first top-five win.

Fabbiano struck 12 fewer winners than the world number four, but Thiem's usually reliable backhand proved his undoing, as the 25-year-old made a total of 48 unforced errors.

The defeat means Thiem's grand slam season ends in disappointment following his superb run at Roland Garros, though the clay-court specialist can console himself with three ATP titles in 2019, and an equal career-high ranking.

Fabbiano, meanwhile, will face Alexander Bublik in round two, after the Kazakh's defeat of Santiago Giraldo.

Andy Murray continued his singles comeback via the ATP Challenger Tour with a straight-sets win over Norbert Gombos at the Rafa Nadal Open.

Former world number one Murray reached the last 16 of the event thanks to Tuesday's 6-3 6-4 victory against third seed Gombos in Mallorca.

Murray dropped down to the Challenger Tour for the first time since 2005 in a bid to improve his fitness following hip resurfacing surgery in January, which threatened to end his stellar career.

The three-time grand slam champion started a singles comeback at ATP Masters 1000 tournament the Western & Southern Open before making a swift exit from the Winston-Salem Open.

Murray – who played a series of high-profile doubles tournaments after teaming up with Serena Williams in the mixed event at Wimbledon – then opted to skip the US Open in New York.

The 32-year-old turned to the Challenger Tour for the first time in 14 years, and after blitzing teenager Imran Sibille in his tournament opener, Murray saw off Gombos.

Gombos provided a much sterner test for Murray, who needed almost two hours to beat the Slovakian world number 115.

Murray will next face world number 240 Matteo Viola for a place in the quarter-finals.

Roger Federer overcame a first-set shock to beat grand slam debutant Sumit Nagal at the US Open and insisted he had always expected a tricky start.

The 20-time major champion was in fleeting danger of a sensational first-round exit at Flushing Meadows when he dropped the opener to unheralded Indian Nagal, before recovering for a 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 triumph.

However, the third seed had anticipated it would be tough to adapt to the hard courts, having entered only one tournament since an epic Wimbledon final defeat to Novak Djokovic.

Federer was beaten by Andrey Rublev in the third round at the Western & Southern Open, his bye through the first stage meaning he played just twice, impacting his New York preparations.

"You can see that way that I haven't played so much," Federer said. "But I feel like I played a lot this year. I don't want to say like I feel my body.

"It's just a switch, again, from the clay and grass over to now the hard courts. I think it just requires different tempo in the shots.

"Also maybe sometimes going up again, sort of spinning the ball at times. I don't think it plays particularly fast, especially it also was slower tonight, it was night session again.

"I'm playing a clay-courter, who is comfortable to just rally, keep the ball in play. He actually does a really good job, especially on the inside-out, how he gets around. That was impressive.

"I knew I could struggle, to be quite honest, especially with the rhythm.

"You will be in trouble if you serve as poorly as I did in the first set. That puts the pressure on because he had the upper hand from the baseline.

"It was up to me to be able to change that. Yeah, I'm happy."

Federer found his form by the end of the fourth set to close out the victory but suggested the match with Nagal was an example of the demanding nature of a five-set contest.

"You feel like you're down and out, then all of a sudden you feel energy again, momentum," Federer said.

"The crowd gets into it. You [Nagal] forgot completely you actually lost the last two sets 6-1 6-2.

"That's why the score system in tennis is genius. You have to get over the finish line. I got that the hard way in Wimbledon [against Djokovic].

"He did a good job to stay with me. I had to close it out. That was a tough last game. Maybe exactly the kind of service game I needed to serve it out."

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer moved through at the US Open, but the stars advanced from contrasting matches on Monday.

Djokovic, the world number one and defending champion, had few problems against Roberto Carballes Baena at Flushing Meadows.

But Federer survived a surprise scare against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal before getting through in New York.

The superstar pair progressed on what was a good day for the seeds in the men's draw, with only three making exits.

 

DJOKOVIC DELIGHTS

Djokovic did not face a break point on his way to a 6-4 6-1 6-4 victory over Carballes Baena on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The Serbian star mixed 25 winners with 30 unforced errors, breaking four times in a commanding win.

Djokovic will next face Juan Ignacio Londero after the Argentinian got past Sam Querrey 3-6 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.

FEDERER FIGHTS THROUGH

Federer, a 20-time grand slam champion, was well below his best in a 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 win against world number 190 Nagal.

The Swiss star finished with 57 unforced errors – and 61 winners – as he won through in two hours, 29 minutes.

Federer will hope for an improved display when he faces Damir Dzumhur, who recorded a 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-0 win over Elliot Benchetrit.

ONE STEP AT A TIME FOR MEDVEDEV

Kei Nishikori advanced as Marco Trungelliti retired on Monday, before the Japanese reeled off a list of names he believes are capable of challenging the 'Big Three', potentially starting at Flushing Meadows.

Nishikori named himself, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, Nick Kyrgios and also Daniil Medvedev. "I think things are starting to change a little bit now," he said.

But fifth seed Medvedev, who defeated Prajnesh Gunneswaran in straight sets, while appreciative of Nishikori's words, is not ready to talk of titles just yet.

"At this moment of my career, I haven't even been in the quarters of a slam yet," he said. "So that's the first step to make.

"If I make this step, then I can talk about bigger goals and bigger achievements."

Stan Wawrinka, the 2016 champion and 23rd seed, battled through, overcoming Jannik Sinner 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-3.

Only three seeds exited, with Fabio Fognini (11), Guido Pella (19) and Taylor Fritz (26) departing.

Roger Federer rallied from a set down as the third seed survived a big scare against grand slam debutant Sumit Nagal in the US Open first round.

Federer was far from his free-flowing best but he recovered from a slow start to eventually move past Indian qualifier Nagal 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

The 20-time grand slam champion – who suffered a shock defeat last time out at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati – will next meet Damir Dzumhur in his pursuit of a first US Open title since 2008.

Nagal was not overawed under the bright lights on Arthur Ashe, where Federer looked comfortable in the opening two games but that was until errors started to creep in – the Swiss star recording 19 unforced errors in the first set.

World number 190 Nagal – aggressive from the baseline – benefitted from a couple of errors and a backhand shank to earn a pair of break points. Federer saved the first, but a double fault handed the break straight back to his unheralded opponent.

It did not get any better for Federer, who shanked another backhand as Nagal broke at 15-40 for a 5-4 lead before sensationally serving out the set.

Nagal continued to delight the Arthur Ashe crowd with his forehand winners down the line. But while Federer continued to spray some of his shots either wide or long, he managed to break after a marathon second game.

It was a confidence-boosting game for Federer, who slowly began to find his feet as he moved clear 4-0, much to the relief of his box and supporters.

Federer had six chances to win the set and level the match but he struggled to close it out, though he was not to be denied at the seventh time of asking thanks to a Nagal error.

Nagal was unable to keep up with Federer, who broke twice in a relatively comfortable third set to move ahead in the match for the first time and he never looked back, despite fending off four break points before serving it out.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN 
Roger Federer [3] bt Sumit Nagal 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS 
Federer – 61/57
Nagal – 17/32

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS 
Federer – 12/7
Nagal – 0/4

BREAK POINTS WON 
Federer – 7/13
Nagal – 3/13

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE 
Federer – 60
Nagal – 64

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE 
Federer – 71/48
Nagal – 59/46

TOTAL POINTS 
Federer – 130
Nagal – 108

Novak Djokovic said he is prioritising grand slam success after starting his US Open title defence with victory over Roberto Carballes Baena.

Defending champion and world number one Djokovic eased past Carballes Baena 6-4 6-1 6-4 at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

Having survived a dramatic Wimbledon final against Roger Federer for his 16th grand slam, Djokovic is eyeing his fourth US Open crown and third major of the year.

Federer holds the record for most men's slams with 20 and Djokovic – while determined to add to his 33 ATP Masters 1000 trophies – is focused on peaking at major tournaments.

"I mentioned in my last news conference that obviously at this stage of my career and my life, it's mostly about grand slams, really," the 32-year-old Serbian told reporters.

"How can I set my shape and form to be at my best to reach the peak of my tennis performance and my abilities on the grand slam. They matter the most in the history of our sport. And certainly motivate me the most.

"Of course I do value every tournament that I play on, especially the big ATP 1000 Masters events, try my best. These are the events where I want to perform my best.

"Taking that into consideration, it's no different approach than it was in the past 10 years. Very motivated, very focused, very determined to do well. I have been in this particular situation many times in my career, and I know, you know, what feels comfortable for me, what I need to do in order to get far in the tournament.

"Obviously, I have lots of respect for anybody that I play against, and today I played against a player that I never faced before. That doesn't happen too often.

"It was a solid performance. I think I can still play better, but it's kind of expected for the first match and then, you know, I'm hoping that I can build from here."

Djokovic will face Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero in the second round of the US Open.

Novak Djokovic enjoyed a serene start to his US Open title defence, turning in a classy display to ease away from Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4 6-1 6-4 at Flushing Meadows.

The brilliant world number one almost appeared to be entertaining his opponent's brave efforts early on, saving his first break of the match for the final game of the opener.

But then Djokovic accelerated out of sight and Carballes Baena simply had no answer, adding his name to the list of opponents who cannot get near the Serbian on this form.

Title number four in New York - and a third major triumph of the year - is in Djokovic's sights as he moves through to round two, where he will meet Sam Querrey or Juan Ignacio Londero.

It did not take long for Carballes Baena, playing Djokovic for the first time, to get a taste of what might be to come. The Spaniard had to fend off three break points before holding in a first service game that lasted close to 10 minutes.

But Carballes Baena would not be easily outmanoeuvred and cancelled out another two opportunities in the eighth game, briefly getting the better of Djokovic's outstanding defence.

Indeed, the underdog then took the match to the Serbian but this time merely prompted a cutting response, the set sealed in the top seed's favour after some fine work at the net.

Djokovic moved through the gears and broke immediately in the second, working his opponent into the ground as the early entertainment gave way to an inevitable outcome, with Carballes Baena conceding another tired break.

The world number 76 tried to stick with Djokovic again at the start of the third, only to go long on break point and set up a swift and straightforward finish.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Novak Djokovic [1] bt Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4 6-1 6-4

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
Djokovic – 25/30
Carballes Baena – 25/27

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
Djokovic – 4/3
Carballes Baena – 5/5

BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic – 4/11
Carballes Baena – 0/0

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic – 60
Carballes Baena - 58

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic – 84/66
Carballes Baena – 60/55

TOTAL POINTS
Djokovic – 94
Carballes Baena – 70

Andy Murray's return to the ATP Challenger Tour lasted just 43 minutes and 13 games as he thrashed teenager Imran Sibille at the Rafa Nadal Open.

A 6-0 6-1 success on Monday handed Murray his first singles win since returning from injury.

The former world number one has been building his fitness following hip resurfacing surgery in January that he believed would end his outstanding career.

The Briton recovered to play a series of high-profile doubles tournaments - including alongside Serena Williams in the mixed event at Wimbledon - before trying his hand back on the singles court.

But Murray, ranked 328th, has found it tough back on the regular ATP Tour circuit, losing in straight sets to both Richard Gasquet and Tennys Sandgren.

The 32-year-old therefore made the decision to return to the Challenger Tour for the first time in 14 years, featuring at the Rafa Nadal Open while his peers - including Rafael Nadal - play the US Open.

If Murray is to rediscover his best form, he will hope for sterner tests than that he faced from Sibille, though, who was dismantled with ease.

Just three points went the 17-year-old's way in the opener, with Murray only denied a double-bagel victory in the Frenchman's final service game of the second.

His next task in Mallorca is against Norbert Gombos, the third seed, on Tuesday.

Canadian star Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the US Open because of a glute injury.

Raonic, 28, will miss his fourth major of the past nine due to the injury, which – according to Tennis Canada – is the same one that saw him retire during the Rogers Cup earlier this month.

The 21st seed was scheduled to take on Nicolas Jarry in the opening round.

Raonic's spot in the draw will be taken by lucky loser Kamil Majchrzak.

The 2016 Wimbledon runner-up holds a 21-10 win-loss record this year, including reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals.

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