Federer comfartably through against Young

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Updated: August 28, 2012

Roger Federer began his campaign to win a record sixth US Open with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory on Monday over America’s Donald Young, whose season of under-achievement hit another low.

Top seed Federer, playing in his 52nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament, brushed aside his 81st-ranked opponent, who only last week stopped a run of 17 defeats in a row but who now stands at three wins and 22 losses in 2012.

Federer, who won his 17th Grand Slam trophy courtesy of his seventh Wimbledon title in July, goes on to face German veteran Bjorn Phau for a place in the last 32.

Andy Murray successfully negotiated his first obstacle at the US Open as he saw off Russia’s Alex Bogomolov despite a patchy performance on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The third seed began slowly and lost his opening two service games but he had no trouble breaking the Bogomolov serve, doing so nine times on the way to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Next up for Murray will be Croatia’s Ivan Dodig, who dispatched Japanese qualifier Hiroki Moriya 6-0, 6-1, 6-2.

The top guns in the ladies draw had little trouble making it through their first-round encounters on the opening day of the US Open on Monday, with three-times champion Kim Clijsters and top-seeded Victoria Azarenka hardly breaking sweat.

Clijsters overwhelmed American teenager Victoria Duval 6-3 6-1, while Azarenka, seeking her second major title after winning this year’s Australian Open, blew past Russian Alexandra Panova 6-0 6-1 in just 50 minutes.

Defending champion Samantha Stosur needed only 51 minutes to blitz Croatia’s Petra Martic 6-1 6-1, while 2006 US Open winner Maria Sharapova blew by Hungary’s Melinda Czink 6-2 6-2.