2005 US OPEN

2nd Round

ROGER FEDERER          v     FABRICE SANTORO  

7-5, 7-5, 7-6

 

Defending champion Roger Federer came through a tougher-than-expected test at the U.S. Open on Friday, beating wily Frenchman Fabrice Santoro to reach the third round.
Santoro, the "magician",  had Federer rattled and irritable at times with a dazzling array of shot-making, but the Swiss found his best tennis when it mattered to advance.
"I had a blast out there today," Federer said. "Rarely the crowd gets into a match like they did tonight. The way he plays, the way I play, I knew it could be a great one."
The top seed looked on course for a comfortable victory when he stormed to a 5-1 lead but Santoro, the world number 76,

broke back twice and Federer needed a third break, in the 12th game, to clinch the set.
The Swiss saved three break points in the seventh game of the second set before again breaking to win it, and then played a stunning tiebreak in the third,

and ending up with an incredible 73 winners on the night.
Federer said, "He's tough to break because he has so many options. He mixes it up very well, that's the best part of his game."
Santoro, was disappointed to lose, but satisfied that he gave his all during the match.
"I can't play any better than I did tonight," he said. "I was a little nervous before the match because if you play even a little under your level against Roger then it's over in an hour.
"I was so happy to play a tiebreak in the third set and then in about two minutes the score was 6-0 for him."

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