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Federer through but taken all the way by Russian Youzhny

By Eleanor Crooks

Roger Federer survived a huge scare before seeing off World No.101 Mikhail Youzhny at the US Open in New York last night. The 36-year-old Wimbledon champion - a 19-times Grand Slam winner - eventually triumped 6-1 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 6-4 6-2 against the Russian in the second round tie.

Youzhny had never beaten Federer in 16 matches but went mightily close last night, taking two sets off the Swiss for the first time.

Federer, nursing a back problem in a tournament missing a spate of big names including Britain's Andy Murray, won the first set before Youzhny hit back with the next two.

Federer, though, held his nerve to take it to a deciding set before making it through.

American Shelby Rogers dropped to her knees in tears on Court 19 after winning the longest women's match in US Open history.

Rivers beat Australian Daria Gavrilova 7-6 4-6 7-6 in a lung-busting three hours and 33 minutes. Next up for Rogers is fourth seed Elina Svitolina.

World No.1 Karolina Pliskova beat Nicole Gibbs 2-6 6-3 6-4

One of the fancied names crashed out, however, as Grigor Dimitrov was beaten by teenager Andrey Rublev.

The seventh seed went into the tournament among the favourites to win his first Grand Slam crown after claiming his most important title in Cincinnati two weeks ago.

But his career so far has been a story of flattering to deceive, and this was yet another example, with Rublev winning 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.

At 19, the Russian is one of the talented teens looking to take over the game but has been overshadowed thus far by the likes of Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov.

This was his breakthrough moment on the big stage, and he showed impressive temperament.

Dimitrov was a break up in both the first two sets but Rublev hit back, saving eight of 10 break points before taking his first match point with a brilliant forehand winner.

Dimitrov is the third top-10 seed to fall, joining Zverev and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while second seed Murray pulled out before the start because of injury.

Rublev, who next meets unseeded Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, joins Shapovalov in round three, making it the first time since 2008 that two male teenagers have reached this stage at Flushing Meadows.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares won their second Grand Slam title in New York 12 months ago and began the defence with a 6-4 7-6 (8/6) victory over Austrian pair Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya.

It was not entirely straightforward for the Scottish-Brazilian pair, who came from a break down in the opening set and then saved two set points in the second-set tie-break.

It has been an uncharacteristally disappointing year in the Slams so far for the duo, who reached the French Open quarter-finals but lost in the first round in Australia and the second round at Wimbledon.

"I think we've been a bit unfortunate," was the Scot's verdict on why they've struggled.

"I think we were potentially a couple of points away from doing a lot better but we're probably already qualified for the ATP Tour Finals with three months of the season still to go.

"We're obviously doing a lot of things right. Last Grand Slam of the year, defending champions, we'll try to do our best to win again."

Jamie, meanwhile, is waiting like everybody else to find out what brother Andy's plans are following his withdrawal from the tournament with an ongoing hip injury.

"He tried his best to get himself ready," said Jamie. "He came out a week before and did all his practising. He obviously just felt he couldn't give it his best shot.

"For him now it's just trying to find a solution, try to get healthy again and find the best way to do that."

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