Red-hot Roger Federer puts on stunning display at the US Open

Roger Federer seems to be warming up at the US Open: despite taking the court at nearly midnight, he dismantled Juan Monaco in straight sets, taking only 82 minutes to do so.

The Swiss beat Monaco 6-1, 6-2, 6-0, in a match that began at 11.50pm New York time, and the five-time champion immediately put out a signal that he is a very clear challenger for this year's tournament. He served out the first set in just 18 minutes, which crushed the Argentine's spirits, and he never recovered.

'You have to be ready,' said Federer, talking about his late start. 'I knew I was going to play late and there were all kinds of possibilities that they might move us to another court. As tennis players we're used to it.

'It's tough for Juan. I've been in that position before when I lost badly on this court to Andre Agassi, so I know what it feels like. Sometimes it's just not your day, but it was mine tonight and it feels great.'

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