Federer Puts a Smile on Jordan’s Face in First Round Victory

Updated: August 27, 2014
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Roger Federer won his first-round matchup at the US Open Tuesday, as he defeated 76th-ranked Marinko Matosevic out of Australia.

Federer won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4), and had the leisure of doing so with, ‘His Airness,’ Michael Jordan sitting in his courtside guest box.

“Growing up, [Jordan] was my big sporting idol,” Federer said. “Having him here is unbelievably special.”

Federer definitely put on a show for MJ. As arguably one of the greatest at his craft, Federer hit a back-to-the-net, between-the-legs shot that bounced off of Matosevic — who had his back turned at the time.

Jordan couldn’t help but chuckle.

Federer will now face another Australian, Sam Groth, in the second round.



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Josiah Turner

Josiah is the founder and editor-in-chief at Sideline Sports Report. He has written for ESPN.com and is currently a digital editor at the SEC Network. He has covered the Washington Redskins for FanSided, and he has also covered high school basketball for Rivals.com and the Mechanicsville Local newspaper. Josiah is from Chesapeake, Va., and a college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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