Federer out-guns Kyrgios, Kerber, Zverev toppled at US Open

Justin GreeneSep 04, 2018

That included a dazzling Federer forehand from inches off the ground outside the tramlines that fund its way around the net post and had Kyrgios staring in awe.

Roger Federer's third round clash with Nick Kyrgios at the US Open did not disappoint on Saturday.

The crucial game came at 3-all in the first set when Kyrgios had three straight chances to break Federer's serve and take a 4-3 lead but instead lost a nine-minute game.

"If he had broken in the sixth game [three break point] he would have run away with it and won the first set".

Roger Federer handed Nick Kyrgios a 6-4 6-1 7-5 tennis masterclass by storming into the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Saturday with a ruthless display that left the Australian talking to himself and waving the white flag.

"I take one of those points, the match is wide open", Kyrgios said.

Kyrgios can hardly ever play without fielding questions about his on-court antics - his swearing, his inadvisable trick shots, his widely varying level of effort - but against Federer it seemed more pronounced. "Other big shots I remember, with Andy (Roddick), the counter-smash, and of course the between-the-legs here with Novak (Djokovic)".

"That's why we go back to being super consistent, make him hit that one extra ball, because when you play like him, it can also work against you". "He's the ultimate role model to anyone who wants to play".

The 37-year-old already holds the record for most Grand Slam victories with 20.

For many, his visit to NY this year was his tennis career in a nutshell. After significant outcry, the US Open clarified its change-of-attire policy, saying, "All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair".

The second-seeded Federer advanced to the Round of 16 with the victory. Millman, who is making his debut in the fourth round at a Major, will have no intention of becoming a stepping stone along Federer's path to glory.

Kohlschreiber will seek a quarter-final berth against 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori after the Japanese downed Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.

Photographers also captured Kyrgios's reaction to Federer's genius, while the player's open-mouthed response has also been immortalized in a gif.

But he said no matter what he tried, Federer had the answers.

"I respect him a lot, because for me, it's very challenging to play the best tennis against all these tall girls". All the pressure was off him.

Nick Kyrgios has confessed to having accomplished nothing in his turbulent tennis career after being handed a grand slam reality check at Flushing Meadows. "When he gets in front, there's not much you can do".

Cibulkova, the 29th seed, moves on to face 2017 finalist Madison Keys, who shook off a slow start to beat Serbian Aleksandra Krunic 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

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