New York, Aug 27 : Five-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland rallied past Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round of the US Open.
The Swiss mogul dropped the opening set in 36 minutes, then returned to form and defeated Nagal after battling for two hours and 30 minutes on Monday.
"I think trying to forget the first set is never easy in the first round. People expect a different result. I expect something else," Federer said. "I just wanted to pick up my game really, start to play better. I was able to do that. That was a relief."
"I wasn't serving consistently enough in the opening set. I was hitting double faults that I don't do. Also, I was just hitting too many unforced errors."
"I was able to clear that a little bit. Maybe it's not a bad thing to go through a match like this. It was very similar at Wimbledon when I dropped the first set there as well in the first round. At the end, you look at the last three sets, and they were good. That's encouraging," Federer added. (UNI-XINHUA)