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Inconsistent Roger Federer survives another five-set match at U.S. Open

Inconsistent Roger Federer survives another five-set match at U.S. Open

Roger Federer insisted his back felt fine on Thursday, no matter how often he seemed out of sync during his 6-1, 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over 101st-ranked Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of the U.S. Open. Nor did he fret about having played back-to-back five-set matches in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in an illustrious career highlighted by 19 Grand Slam titles.

Federer said his inability to practice all-out when his back was sore led him to be inconsistent and rattled his rhythm. The 36-year-old Switzerland native also brushed off suggestions he’s risking fatigue later by dragging out these early...

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