Federer pummels American Young in first round at US Open
World number one Roger Federer produced a stunning opening performance at the US Open on Monday, but then said Novak Djokovic deserved to be the favourite for the title.
Five-times champion Federer ran through his full array of shot-making as he dismissed American Donald Young 6-3 6-2 6-4 to reach the second round.
Having won his 17th Grand Slam title with his victory at Wimbledon last month, Federer is many people's pick to add a sixth US Open crown to his ever-growing resume.
But the Swiss said the efforts of Serbia's Djokovic in recent times gave him the edge.
"I still think Novak is the favourite for the title coming in here," Federer told reporters after his one hour, 34-minute victory under the lights.
"He's the defending champion, he's probably won more hard court titles than anyone in the last few years and he also beat me here in the last two years."
Federer was untroubled by windy and humid conditions at Flushing Meadows as he made world number 81 Young look distinctly second-rate.
The American was once tipped for greatness as a teenager but his win in the first round in Winston-Salem last week snapped a 16-match losing streak that saw him plummet down the rankings.
The left-hander has plenty of talent but Federer just absorbed everything he could throw at him and gave it all back, and more.
The Swiss looked in a hurry to get off the court and reeled off his full array of strokes to set up a second-round encounter with Bjorn Phau of Germany.
"I think it was a good start in difficult conditions," Federer said.
"He was a talented opponent and I'd never played him before but it was good."
Collated results after the first day of the US Open at Flushing Meadows on Monday (x denotes seeding):
Roger Federer (SWI x1) bt Donald Young (USA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
Bjorn Phau (GER) bt Maxime Authom (BEL) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)
Albert Ramos (ESP) bt Robby Ginepri (USA) 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 6-4, 6-0
Fernando Verdasco (ESP x25) bt Rui Machado (POR) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
Mardy Fish (USA x23) bt Go Soeda (JPN) 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2), 6-3
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) bt Guido Pella (ARG) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Gilles Simon (FRA x16) bt Michael Russell (USA) 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
Flavio Cipolla (ITA) bt Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-3
Jack Sock (USA) bt Florian Mayer (GER x22) 6-3, 6-2, 3-2, retired
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) bt Somdev Devvarman (IND) 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
Jurgen Zopp (EST) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5
Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Alex Bogomolov (RUS) 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
Ivan Dodig (CRO) bt Hiroki Moriya (JPN) 6-0, 6-1, 6-2
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x30) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
Marcel Granollers (ESP x24) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/2)
James Blake (USA) bt Lukas Lacko (SVK) 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) bt Igor Andreev (RUS) 2-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/4), 6-1
Marin Cilic (CRO x12) bt Marinko Matesevic (AUS) 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Daniel Brands (GER) bt Adrian Ungur (ROM) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)
Tim Smyczek (USA) bt Bobby Reynolds (USA) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Kei Nishikori (JPN x17) bt Guido Andreozzi (ARG) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
Jeremy Chardy (FRA x32) bt Filippo Volandri (ITA) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Matthew Ebden (AUS) bt Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 7-6 (11/9), 6-3, 6-2
Victoria Azarenka (BLR x1) bt Alexandra Panova (RUS) 6-0, 6-1
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) bt Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Zheng Jie (CHN x28) bt Virginie Razzano (FRA) 4-6, 6-2 - retired
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) bt Julia Goerges (GER x18) 7-6 (7/4), 6-1
Mandy Minella (LUX) bt Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) bt Stéphanie Foretz (FRA) 6-2, 6-0
Sorana Cirstea (ROM) bt Sabine Lisicki (GER x16) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Li Na (CHN x9) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 6-2, 6-3
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) bt Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) 6-2, 6-3
Laura Robson (GBR) bt Samantha Crawford (USA) 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)
Kim Clijsters (BEL x23) bt Victoria Duval (USA) 6-3, 6-1
Varvara Lepchenko (USA x31) bt Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) bt Julia Cohen (USA) 6-3, 6-0
Edina Gallovits (ROM) bt Stefanie Vogele (SUI) 7-5, 6-4
Samantha Stosur (AUS x7) bt Petra Martic (CRO) 6-1, 6-1
Maria Sharapova (RUS x3) bt Melinda Czink (HUN) 6-2, 6-2
Lourdes Dominguez (ESP) bt Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 6-4, 6-1
Mallory Burdette (USA) bt Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 6-4, 6-3
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) bt Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP x27) 6-3, 6-3
Nadia Petrova (RUS x19) bt Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)
Simona Halep (ROM) bt Iveta Benesova (CZE) 7-5, 7-6 (7/5)
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) bt Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) 6-0, 6-3
Lucie Safarova (CZE x15) bt Melanie Oudin (USA) 6-4, 6-0
Marion Bartoli (FRA x11) bt Jamie Hampton (USA) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-2, 7-5
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Marina Erakovic (NZL) 7-5, 6-4
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x17) bt Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL x25) bt Julia Glushko (ISR) 7-5, 6-2
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) bt Michaella Krajicek (NED) 6-2, 6-4
Alice Cornet (FRA) bt Nicole Gibbs (USA) 7-5, 6-3
Petra Kvitova (CZE x5) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 7-6 (8/6), 6-1
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