US Open 2011: Federer, Sharapova Win Opening Matches

Roger Federer, aiming to notch his sixth US Open title, breezed through the first round at Flushing Meadows on Monday, finishing off Santiago Giraldo in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. The victory allowed the third-seeded Swiss star to register his 224th Grand-Slam match, the second-most in the Open Era. Federer, who shares the record with Andre Agassi, is nine wins away from tying Jimmy Connors for the most number of Grand Slam matches won.

In the women’s side, third seed Maria Sharapova needed three sets to dispatch of 19-year-old Heather Watson of the U.K. Sharapova, the 2006 US Open women’s singles champion, lost the first set, 3-6, but recovered just in time to win the next two sets, 7-5, 6-3.

Other opening-day winners were American Mardy Fish, women’s second seed Vera Zvonareva, and two-time champion Venus Williams. However, Wimbledon champion and fifth seed Petra Kvitova crashed out after losing to Alexandra Dulgheru, 7-6, 6-3. In the men’s side, 15th seed Victor Troicki was the only seeded player to pack his bags after bowing to Alejandro Falla in a five-set marathon, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5.