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Federer Wins U.S. Open Opener

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts against Marinko Matosevic of Australia during their men's singles first round match on Day 2 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014  in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts against Marinko Matosevic of Australia during their men’s singles first round match on Day 2 of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) - Growing up as a basketball fan, Roger Federer had a poster of Michael Jordan hanging on his bedroom wall. On Tuesday night, Federer won a first-round match at the U.S. Open with Jordan sitting in his courtside guest box.

Playing in his record 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, and seeking to add to his mark of 17 major titles, Federer delighted his childhood idol with a back-to-the-net, between-the-legs shot during a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 76th-ranked Marinko Matosevic of Australia.

The second-seeded Federer will face another Australian, big-serving Sam Groth, in the second round.

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