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Britton runs into buzz saw

August 31st, 2009

Looking at the match before it was ever played, one figured Jackson native Devin Britton was playing for the opportunity to gain experience.

I mean, Britton had career earnings of about $10,000.

His opponent?

$50 million

Roger Federer extended his U.S. Open winning streak to 35 matches with a 6-1, 6-3, 7-5 victory over NCAA champion Britton in the first round.

The top-seeded Federer is trying to become the first man since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win six consecutive titles at the American Grand Slam tournament.

Britton was an 18-year-old wild-card entry and former Ole Miss standout who was playing in his second career tour-level match – and first at a major championship. He actually hit more winners than Federer, 32-31. But Britton also made more than twice as many unforced errors, 40-18.

Chalk one up for experience.

Britton will have his day. That, I feel sure of.

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