New York: World number two Roger Federer has begun his US Open tournament by defeating Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in the first round at Flushing Meadows here on Wednesday.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer. Pic/ AFP

The 17-time major champion overcame Mayer 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in 77 minutes to progress to the next round.

The Swiss maestro will next lock horns with either Steve Darcis of Belgium or Marcos Baghdatis.