US Open: Roger Federer beats beard-sponsored Benoit Paire in straight sets to set up Nick Kyrgios clash

CRAZY Benoit Paire has a beard sponsor — but his match against Roger Federer was anything but a close shave.

There were only a few hairy moments for the 20-time Grand Slam winning legend who eventually wiped the floor with the madcap Frenchman who is an ambassador for beard care product Beardilizer.

 Roger Federer breezed past Benoit Paire to reach the third round at the US Open for the 18th time in his career

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Roger Federer breezed past Benoit Paire to reach the third round at the US Open for the 18th time in his career
 Beardy Benoit Paire was cut down to size by Swiss master Roger Federer in the second round at Flushing Meadows

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Beardy Benoit Paire was cut down to size by Swiss master Roger Federer in the second round at Flushing Meadows
 The Swiss world No2 is aiming to win a sixth title at Flushing Meadows and his first since 2008

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The Swiss world No2 is aiming to win a sixth title at Flushing Meadows and his first since 2008

Fed, as always, effortlessly moved through the gears on Arthur Arthur Ashe Stadium, seeing off Paire 7-5 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 57 minutes.

Paire is one of the more colourful players on the ATP Tour and is known to unleash a wicked temper when it all goes wrong.

The Swiss legend, however, was simply too good for the world No56 and now faces another larger-than-life character in round three on Friday – Aussie Nick Kyrgios.

Federer said: "I did well to stick in during a close first set so I am happy to get through.

 Paire has a beard, but it's not much feared

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Paire has a beard, but it's not much feared
 Federer beat Paire 7-5 6-4 6-4 to set up a third-round match with Australian Nick Kyrgios

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Federer beat Paire 7-5 6-4 6-4 to set up a third-round match with Australian Nick Kyrgios
 Paire took a tumble as he was dumped out of the US Open, where he reached the fourth round last year

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Paire took a tumble as he was dumped out of the US Open, where he reached the fourth round last year

"It’s different to play a player like that, he can be quite tactical and is tough. He makes you second guess yourself so you need to stay focused. I am just pleased to get into the third round."

The unpredictable Paire, who flung himself all over the court, pushed the Swiss maestro close in the first set but the 37-year-old was just too consistent.

Federer won an impressive 75 per cent of points on his first serve and never looked in any real danger.

He cannot wait to take on the Aussie star and added: "We have had some good matches over the years, we enjoy playing against each other.

 The Frenchman struggled to cope with the heat and Federer's excellence throughout the match and was well beaten

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The Frenchman struggled to cope with the heat and Federer's excellence throughout the match and was well beaten
 Despite the searing heat in New York, Federer remained as cool as ever on his way to victory

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Despite the searing heat in New York, Federer remained as cool as ever on his way to victory

Nick Kyrgios needs umpire pep-talk to help him win US Open second round tennis match

"He’s super talented and a nice guy with one of the best serves in the game so I am looking forward to it."

Kyrgios beat Paire's compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert in his second-round match, coming from a set and a break down to win in four sets.

But the win was overshadowed by an apparent pep talk from chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani who appeared to give the Australian a boost as he won 19 of the next 25 games to secure the win.

Federer will not be fazed by Kyrgios, though, as the great continues to perform at the highest level, even if he is the twilight of his fantastic career.

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 Paire cut a frustrated figure throughout the match and repeatedly threw his racket to the court

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Paire cut a frustrated figure throughout the match and repeatedly threw his racket to the court
 Kyrgios saw off Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round after an apparent pep talk from the chair umpire

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Kyrgios saw off Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round after an apparent pep talk from the chair umpire

The world No2 and second seed added: "I have been hearing about me potentially retiring for the last nine years. You wonder why they keep asking me but I just take it with a smile.

"I think I have improved many things over the years, I feel I am more of a complete player from when I last won here in 2008."

CRAZY Benoit Paire has a beard sponsor — but his match against Roger Federer was anything but a close shave.