Roger Federer holds off Frances Tiafoe, 19, in 5 sets to advance at U.S. Open – Orange County Register

NEW YORK — Roger Federer already has dropped two more sets at the U.S. Open than he did during his entire two weeks en route to the title at Wimbledon.

Worried about a recent back problem that kept him from getting ready the way he usually does for a Grand Slam tournament, Federer had to overcome an early deficit and a late lapse Tuesday night to edge 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, in a compelling first-round contest under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof.

”I didn’t have the preparation I was hoping to get,” Federer said. ”I always knew I was going to come in feeling rusty or not great.”

The third-seeded Federer, whose most recent of five championships at…

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