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Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title with a workmanlike 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) victory over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the U.S. Open Tuesday, with NBA great Michael Jordan leading the cheering.A five-time U.S. Open champion, Federer never appeared threatened by Matosevic but the 76th-ranked Australian still forced the Swiss maestro to work up a sweat in front of an enthusiastic center court crowd.Dressed all in black, Federer broke his opponent once in each set but in the third Matosevic finally broke back forcing it to a tie-break, which the Swiss won 7-4 by clinching the final three points.Federer's opening match was more methodical than inspirational but Jordan seemed genuinely interested in what was unfolding on center court.
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