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Roger Federer: 'Roof will help top players'

Five-time US Open champion Roger Federer believes that the inclusion of a roof over the Arthur Ashe Stadium will help the top players.

Roger Federer has said that the addition of a roof to the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open will favour the top players.

The structure is in place over the biggest court at Flushing Meadows for the first time in 2015, and will be a fully-functioning retractable roof by next year's tournament like that over Centre Court at Wimbledon.

The second seed, who is a five-time champion in New York, told reporters: "It has changed. Forever. I think it's going to increase the level of play from all players.

"If you don't have to fight the wind you can play closer to the lines and make it better tennis. So probably it might be better for the top guys, my opinion."

Federer faces Belgium's Steve Darcis in the second round of the tournament after beating Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in straight sets yesterday.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Leonardo Mayer of Argentina during their 2015 US Open Men's Singles round 1 match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 1, 2015
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