Roger Federer: Recapping Fed-Ex's Week 1 Action at 2012 US Open

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IAugust 31, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates match point after his men's singles second round match against Bjorn Phau of Germany on Day Four of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2012 in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Favorite Roger Federer breezed through his first two matches of Week 1, defeating Donald Young and Bjorn Phau in straight sets.

Federer, who won Wimbledon this year, is off to a fast start with Rafael Nadal out of the tournament with tendinitis. 

Federer began his quest for the 2012 U.S. Open title on Monday by defeating Young, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. He did so by notching seven aces and 27 winners, per The ageless 31-year-old also won 83 percent of his first serves, with his fastest serve reaching 126 mph. 

Federer was also strong in net points won (19-of-23) and break points won (5-of-9). Young had 30 unforced errors in the match and won just 44 percent of net points and 23 percent of receiving points.

Fed-Ex continued his dominance on Thursday, defeating Phau, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

The Swiss great racked up 15 aces in this one, as well as 44 winners, while committing just 18 unforced errors, per He won 79 percent of first serves, as well as 68 percent of net points.

Phau actually captured 8-of-10 net points, but won only 54 percent of first serves and 26 percent of receiving points while stroking a mere 16 winners.

So far, so good for the 17-time Grand Slam singles champion. He gets No. 25 seed Fernando Verdasco next in the third round, who he has defeated all five times he has faced him. He last met Verdasco at the 2009 Barclays.

Verdasco has gone 27-16 this season, including his wins over Rui Machado and Albert Ramos in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open.

With Nadal out of the picture, Federer is gunning to potentially face Novak Djokovic in the Final after defeating the Serb in the semifinals at Wimbledon this year.

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