Day 4. Round 2. Roger Federer

Andy Taylor Announcer 2018 US Open 021 Roger Federer Round-2

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[2] Roger Federer -02- (SUI) def Benoit Paire -56- (FRA) | 75 64 64

Thursday’s second Round-2 match on Ashe featured 5-time US Open Champion Roger Federer (2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008) and fevered Frenchman Benoit Paire.

If you missed Benoit’s racquet-smashing meltdown in Washington D.C. earlier this Summer, check it out here. Oddly enough, it happened late in the match against another tremendous hardwear-destroyer, Marcos Baghdatis. The entire episode cost Paire $16,500 in fines.

Oh right! – The Round-2 match with Federer.

In a nutshell, Benoit won the first game of each set, but lost the war. The match was over in less than 2-hours. That said, Paire did manage to break Federer twice. Dramatic theatrics were kept to a minimum.

Andy Taylor Announcer 2018 US Open 021 Roger Federer Round-2 Match Recap

NEXT: [2] Roger Federer -02- (SUI) vs. [30] Nick Kyrgios -30- (AUS)

R2: def Benoit Paire -56- (FRA) 75 64 64 | Arthur Ashe Stadium
R1: def Yoshihito Nishioka -177- (JPN) 62 62 64 | Arthur Ashe Stadium

[2] Roger Federer -02- (SUI)

This 5-time US Open Champion is arguably the greatest player in the history of the game. Earlier this year, he won A record 20th career Grand Slam Singles title at the Australian Open – and regained the World #1 ranking.With 6 Australian Open titles, a French Open victory, 8 Wimbledon crowns, and US Open victories here in 2004, five, six, seven, and eight – he is one of only 8 men in tennis history to own the career Grand Slam. He’s a Davis Cup Champion, an Olympic Gold Medalist, is the reigning Laver Cup Champion with Team Europe, and has captured the year-end ATP Finals a record 6-times. He holds a remarkable 98 career ATP World Tour Singles titles, and has held the ranking of World #1 for a record 310 weeks. From Basel, Switzerland – please welcome, 5-time US Open Champion…Roger Federer

Benoit Paire -56- (FRA)

At the 2015 US Open, he reached the Round of 16 at a Grand Slam for the first time, defeating 2014 Finalist and World #4 Kei Nishikori in his opening match. Ranked as high as World #18, he owns 1 ATP World Tour Singles title – and last year, earned the biggest win of his career, upsetting World #3 Stan Warinka in Madrid. Competing in his 8th US Open, and making his Arthur Ashe Stadium debut – From Avignon, France please welcome…Benoit Paire.