Dudi Sela at Wimbledon 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
Dudi Sela never came close to troubling Roger Federer in the second round of the
US Open on Thursday night, but he at least won more games than the five he
managed when the two last met.
After coming back from two sets down for
the first time in his career in the first round in New York, the 26-year-old
Israeli found himself completely helpless against the Swiss master, losing 6-3,
6-2, 6-2 after just one hour and 17 minutes in the Arthur Ashe
Sela, ranked No. 93 in the world, struggled in particular
against the No. 3 seed’s serve, winning just eight of 60 points throughout the
entire contest and never reaching a break point.
At least Sela took more
games than he managed in the first round of the French Open in 2005 when he
suffered a 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 defeat to Federer in what was their only meeting until
Despite the thrashing, Sela will be encouraged by his victory
over Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in the first round, which was his biggest win of
the year, and can perhaps also console himself in the knowledge that one day he
will be able to tell his grandchildren that he played the great Federer on
Later Thursday, Shahar Pe’er (24) faced 18-year-old American
Sloane Stephens (106) in the second round of the women’s singles.
began the match against Sela with a backhand winner and took the opening game to
love, the first of five love games on his serve in the match.
broken for the first time in the sixth game after sending a backhand into the
net and the first set was over after 26 minutes.
Federer got his first
break of the second set when Sela sent a forehand wide in the fifth game and
clinched the victory in the eighth game of the third set with a forehand winner.