Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Federer on fire in US Open third-round win over Kyrgios

Federer on fire in US Open third-round win over Kyrgios

Kyrgios, who is no stranger to hitting hot shots, was so impressed with Federer's shot that he said he would be Instagramming it.

But Courier has sensationally claimed the forehand victor isn't that hard to pull off.

At Roland Garros and the US Open, he has never reached the second week.

Teenage sensation Alex de Minaur joined Kyrgios in bowing out, but in far more gracious fashion, going down 4-6 3-6 6-3 6-4 7-5 in a five-set cliffhanger against seventh-seeded 2014 Open champion Marin Cilic.

Whether that habit fueled her latest win is debatable, but her 6-0, 6-0 victory against Aliaksandra Sasnovich was an absolute shocker given the strong year Sasnovich has had (she booted out Petra Kvitova in the first round at Wimbledon).

Andreev did the same in the fourth set but he couldn't stay at the same level in the decider, missing the opportunity to pull the break back at 2-4 in the final set to hand the win to his rival. Nick fought back to hold serve, but Federer went on to close out the match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5. "Obviously I'm trying to make my f***ing first serve". From there, Williams smacked an ace at 118 miles per hour, followed by a service victor at 113 miles per hour to go up 3-0, and that essentially was that.

After his four-set loss, Andy Murray asserted that his second-round opponent, Fernando Verdasco, was being coached during the break. "He's just come to Switzerland to train with me and he's a great guy". I'm feeling great now, too. I wouldn't say I'm satisfied with my career.

Next for the 36-year-old American comes a quarterfinal against 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova, who beat Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals that year.

That set up a showdown with Roger Federer, and the Swiss world number two was in no mood to take it easy. As you're hitting it, you're, like, 'Oh, I can just shove it down the line and just flat.' That's what happened today.

A backhand victor sent Roger 4-0 in front and he clearly showed the writings on the wall to his rival who beat him in two out of previous three matches.

'As I said, it's all mental with me, I think.

As fans of the Swiss maestro, we also are not ready to see the curtains on the stellar career of Federer, but are prepared to witness the master in action as he showcases his classic skillset on the court this season and beyond. "I was creating a lot of pressure, serving well and had the chance, didn't take it".

A matchup with Thiem would be a rematch of the French Open final, won by Nadal, and their first not on clay. "Clearly when you play that way and you lose, it's always, like, you feel like he's so much to blame, but that's just how he plays", said Federer. You need to be more dedicated if you want to be there with the big boys.

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