U.S. OPEN NOTES
❙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.