NEW YORK, September 3, 2017
Roger Federer extended his winning streak against No. 31 seed Feliciano López of Spain to 13 matches in Saturday’s night session at the US Open.
The 36-year-old Swiss, who had survived two five-set matches to advance to the third round in Flushing Meadows for the 17th time, fired 13 aces and broke serve five times to seal a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 victory in one hour and 46 minutes. Federer is now 33-1 in night matches at the US Open, the best record since 1980.
“I think I really got off to a good start. The first set was fast. Then the second set was close. Maybe I was struggling with my serve for a little bit to keep the level up,” Federer said.
“It was also good to get through those tougher moments. A little bit of a wobble in the third maybe. But it’s all good. I’m really pleased with the performance.”
Keys Finishes Late-Night Action
Madison Keys from the United States clinched eight of the last nine games in a late-night thriller against reigning BNP Paribas Open champion Elena Vesnina to reach the second week of the US Open.
The 15th seed won 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 at 1:45 a.m. to complete the fourth round in New York. The late-night finish record of 1:48 a.m. was set in a match won by Keys against Alison Riske in the opening round a year ago. The 22-year-old will play the tournament’s number four Elina Svitolina of Ukraine next.
3-30am,made it to the hotel,never played that late.Congrats to @Madison_Keys Will call her night warrior from now on))Thank u for support❤️
— Elena Vesnina (@EVesnina001) 3. September 2017