U.S. OPEN NOTES

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - DAILY DEUCE -

❙Ninth-seeded cel­e­brated his 28th birth­day with a straight-sets vic­tory against “Ob­vi­ously, I know I’m prob­a­bly closer to the fin­ish than I am to the start,” Rod­dick said. “But, it’s a num­ber. I’m barely older than I was yes­ter­day.”

the No. 2 seed, de­liv­ered an­other YouTube-wor­thy, be­tween-the-legs shot at the U.S. Open, and hit 18 aces in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 vic­tory against Ar­gentina’s in the first round. Fed­erer, a five-time cham­pion at Flush­ing Mead­ows, fin­ished with a re­mark­able 46-4 ad­van­tage in win­ners Mon­day night. Play­ing for the first time in two months,

beat 6-4, 6-1. The No. 3-seeded Wil­liams grabbed her 200th ca­reer vic­tory in a Grand Slam match. Two of her seven ma­jor ti­tles came at the U.S. Open, in 2000 and 2001.

No. 24 seed beat for­mer world No. 1 6-3, 6-4. The un­seeded Sa­fina missed al­most three months this year be­cause of a back in­jury and has slipped to 50th in the world rank­ings. She was the top seed at last year’s U.S. Open but even­tu­ally lost in the third round.

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