Tennis - Federer needs five sets to beat Youzhny for 17th time

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- Roger Federer needed a second successive five-setter to reach the US Open third round on Thursday after a 6-1, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over fellow veteran Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. It was the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion's 17th win in 17 matches against Youzhny in a rivalry stretching back to 2000. Five-time US Open 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, who now has 80 match wins at the US Open, will face 35-year-old Feliciano Lopez of Spain for a place in the last 16.

AFP