Roger Federer beats heat, Benoit Paire to advance in US Open


NEW YORK, August 31: Roger Federer says his favorite drinks are cold water and a sparkling glass of champagne. Both could be on tap at the US Open, Federer needed a few swigs of water on another steamy day at the Open and he played like a former champion set to uncork a celebratory bottle of bubbly.
“I don’t like warm drinks, let’s put it that way,” Federer said, laughing.
Federer’s coolness on the court belied another day where players needed cooling towels as much as their rackets. Federer, a five-time US Open champion, had steeled himself for the heat by changing up his routine he made an early trip to New York to prep his game in the sweltering sun.
“I felt like it’s maybe one of these years where it could be hot,” Federer said on Thursday. “I had the plan to go to Dubai first, where it’s extremely hot. I didn’t want to be away from the family. I changed plans and said, `Let’s go early to America and prepare over here in the conditions that I’m actually going to see during the Open.’ ”
Federer was crisp in a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 win over Benoit Paire in and made it 18 of 18 lifetime in the second round of the US Open. Up next, Federer plays No. 30 seed Nick Kyrgios on Saturday. (AP)