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Federer extends U.S. Open winning streak

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  • Roger Federer eases into the second round of the U.S. Open in New York
  • Top seed dispatches wildcard Devin Britton of United States 6-1 6-3 7-5
  • Federer is bidding for sixth consecutive title at Flushing Meadows
  • Clijsters, Williams sisters advance to second round
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(CNN) -- Roger Federer began his defense of the U.S. Open title with a routine straight sets victory over American wildcard Devin Britton at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

Federer was largely untroubled in beating the wildcard Britton at Flushing Meadows.

Federer was largely untroubled in beating the wildcard Britton at Flushing Meadows.

The world number one beat the 18-year-old NCAA champion 6-1 6-3 7-5 in an entertaining first round match on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

The victory extends his remarkable winning streak at the U.S. Open to 35 matches as he bids to win a sixth consecutive title at the hardcourt grand slam.

Federer breezed through the first set for the loss of a single game, but Britton served notice of his promise by breaking to take a 3-1 lead in the second set.

Sensing the danger, the Swiss maestro stepped up a gear to take the next five games to close out the second set.

Britton, who went for broke with a total of 32 winners, took advantage of a sloppy game by Federer to break again for 4-3 in the third set, only to be let down by unforced errors in the next game as the 15-time grand slam champion broke back. Video Watch Roger Federer discuss his chances at this year's U.S. Open »

The games went with service until the 12th game where Britton, needing to hold to force a tiebreak, folded under pressure and Federer claimed victory after one hour 28 minutes on his second matchpoint.

Federer, who is bidding for his third grand slam title of a triumphant year, will next play German Simon Greul, who beat Ecuador's Giovanni Lapentti 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-0 7-6 in a marathon five-setter.

On the women's side, number two seed Serena Williams cruised to a 6-4 6-1 win over Alexa Glatch, former world number one Kim Clijsters coasted to a 6-1 6-1 win over Ukraine's Viktoriya Kutuzova and Venus Williams squeezed out a 6-7 7-5 6-3 win over Vera Dushevina.

In other men's action on Monday, Robin Soderling, who was runner-up to Federer at the French Open this year, beat Alberto Montanes of Span 6-1 3-6 6-1 6-4.

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The 12th-seeded Swede upset Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, paving the way for Federer to win the clay court grand slam for the first time.

Third seed Nadal, returning to his best after injury, will have to wait until Wednesday to begin his campaign, with second-ranked Andy Murray opening in a Tuesday night match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia. Video Watch Rafael Nadal discuss his chances at the U.S. Open »

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