US Open 2014: Second seed Roger Federer beats Marinko Matosevic in three sets

Last Updated: 27/08/14 6:19pm

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Roger Federer overcame Marinko Matosevic to remain on course for an 18th Grand Slam title.

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Roger Federer eased into the second round of the US Open with a workmanlike 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-4) win over Marinko Matosevic.

Federer, a five-time US Open champion, was never really troubled by the Australian although Matosevic did continue fighting throughout.

Federer, the second seed, fired down 10 aces and hit 41 winners – with the only blot on his copybook coming in the third set when Matosevic finally broke back.

"It was a bit more difficult than I thought it was going to be in the third set,” said Federer. “Marinko has a big game.”

Federer, who is targeting the 18th grand slam title of a stunning career, was cheered on by NBA legend Michael Jordan.

Idols

The 33-year-old, who will next meet Sam Groth, said: "He was just my hero of all sports.

Federer meets Jordan meet at the US Open

"That's what he was for me growing up. Besides (Stefan) Edberg and (Boris) Becker being my tennis idols, I had Jordan as my all sports idol.

"I just remember when I was younger; in Germany it was really big on the German TV stations.

"That's where I saw him doing all his moves. I wasn't necessarily a Chicago Bulls fan or anything like that.

“It's just I was into him, into the incredible athlete, just being that guy who was carrying basketball at the time.  So I guess that's what inspired me."

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