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Associated Press Roger Federer returns a shot to Grega Zemlja during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open on Tuesday in New York.

During rough year, Federer starts well at U.S. Open

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NEW YORK — At this point in his career, Roger Federer recognizes the importance of a little extra work.

That’s why the owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, and the man who spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other, was out there on a U.S. Open practice court late Tuesday afternoon, putting in some training time shortly after finishing off a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over 62nd-ranked Grega Zemlja of Slovenia in the first round.

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