As the U.S. Open begins at Flushing Meadows, one of the most scrutinized stories is the doubt and speculation surrounding Roger Federer. The tennis legend has suffered a series of upset losses this year and is playing so poorly that John McEnroe has questioned whether the Swiss star will win another grand slam. Federer wants to prove the doubters wrong, obviously, and he took the first step towards achieving that on Tuesday, winning his opening match against Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja 6-3 6-2 7-5 in only 93 minutes.
Federer was in good spirits after his match:
I felt great. It’s great to be back in New York, there’s no doubt about it. Day session or night session it doesn’t really matter when you play on Arthur Ashe Court (Reuters).
Federer, who had just 16 unforced errors on the day, will play Carlos Berlocq of Argentina in round two. Berlocq defeated Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in the opening round.