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US Open: Federer advances after win over Geraldo

August 30, 2011 09:58 IST

Roger Federer showed that time was still on his side as the Swiss master rang the closing bell on Monday's opening day at the US Open tennis championship with a quick victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Santiago Giraldo in the 1st round of the US Open on MondayThird seed Federer, who turned 30 earlier this month, completed a clockwork 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 win over 56th-ranked Colombian Santiago Giraldo, 24, to the delight of the Flushing Meadows night crowd.

The 106-minute sweep was the first step in Federer's quest to add to his Grand Slam record of 16 men's singles titles with a sixth US Open crown.

A sixth title in New York would also break his tie with Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras for most since tennis turned professional in 1968.

Federer next plays Israeli Dudi Sela, who battled back from two sets down to beat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil.

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