Roger Federer recorded his 80th US Open win and 17th in 17th meetings with grizzled Russian Mikhail Youzhny to reach the last 32.
Roger Federer recorded his 80th US Open win and 17th in 17th meetings with grizzled Russian Mikhail Youzhny on Thursday to reach the last 32, where he was joined by Andrey Rublev, the latest teenage upstart in New York.
Federer, 36, needed a second successive five-setter to reach the third round with a 6-1, 6-7 (3/7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over fellow veteran Youzhny, just one year his junior.
Five-time champion and third seed Federer had also needed five sets to see off US teenager Frances Tiafoe in the first round.
The 36-year-old next faces another 35-year-old, Feliciano Lopez of Spain, for a place in the last 16. His record against Lopez is just as solid -- 12-0.
"It was quite a lot of fun out there -- I feel quite warmed up by now," said Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Federer, who fired 63 winners and 68 unforced errors.
Unseeded Australian Daria Gavrilova toppled defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to reach the final of the WTA hardcourt tournament at New Haven, Connecticut.
"I trusted my game plan and I think I executed it very well," Gavrilova, ranked 26th in the world, said after her win over the world number 10 and top seed. "I was pretty aggressive and taking chances whenever I could on her second serve."