Roger Federer
Roger Federer has progressed into the second round of the US Open   (Getty) Getty

Roger Federer takes on Steve Darcis in the second round of the US Open on 3 September as he would look to clinch his first major title since winning the Wimbledon in 2012.

Where to watch live

The match is set to start at 12am BST (4 September). Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3 HD.


Federer progressed into the second round by making easy work of Leonardo Mayer in the first round, winning in straight sets. This was the first time the two met in a major tournament, with the Swiss keeping happy memories of the encounter.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner took just over an hour to see off the unseeded Mayer. This was Federer's 82nd appearance in the tournament over 16 years, of which he has won 72 games. Further, Federer has lost only once in his last 17 games, that came against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon finals earlier this year.

Federer has used an array of half volley returns to good use against Mayer and insisted that he wanted to carry on using it successfully later on in the tournament. "Happily I was able to use it [half volley returns] today," Federer said after the game.

"I enjoy it and hope I can keep it up. When you lose a point it's a bit ridiculous but when you win it's a great feeling," he added.

As far as Darcis is concerned, the 31-year-old has a reputation of turning on the heat against high profile opponents, as witnessed in 2013, when he defeated Rafael Nadal in the opening round of the Wimbledon. It was the first time that Nadal was ousted in the first round of a major tournament and the loss ended his 22-match unbeaten run, which included winning the French Open.

Meanwhile, Darcis defeated Marcos Baghdatis in four sets to make his way into the second round of the tournament. The Belgian lost the first set in lieu of a tie breaker, but came back brilliantly to win the next three sets and seal the tie in his favour.

Betting odds (By 888Sport)

  • Federer to win: 1/100
  • Darcias to win: 20/1

Head to head

This is the first time Federer and Darcias are lining up against each other in a major tournament.