Federer Dominates Kyrgios, Advances to US Open Fourth Round – Although each of their previous three meetings went to a deciding third set tiebreak, the first meeting between Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios in a grand slam was a dominating performance by the Swiss maestro. The first six games showed all the signs of a match that would feature multiple tiebreak sets, but after the 5-time US Open champion dug out of a love-40 service game at 3-all, the tension of the match began to ease. Federer broke Kyrgios’ serve with a backhand slice return down the line in the tenth game, and surged to a 4-0 lead in the second set. Quickly up two sets to love in about an hour, the 37-year-old Swiss was dominating against the 23-year-old Australian, and flashed his brilliance in running down delicate drop shots for winners.
At 3-all in the third set, Federer ran down a short angled drop shot by Kyrgios which stretched him well off the court. Striking the forehand winner with the ball just inches off the ground, he hit an around-the-net winner, sending the sold out crowd at Arthur Ashe stadium into a frenzy. Kyrgios was left stunned at the speed and agility of the Swiss. While the Australian’s level picked up in the third set, Federer broke serve again at 5-all, quickly serving out the match in the next game, 6-4 6-1 7-5 in 1 hour 44 minutes. The 20-time grand slam champion served 16 aces to one double fault, making 66% of first serves in, and winning 87% of points on his first serve. He won 21 of 25 at net, and converted four of ten break point opportunities. Federer will face Australian John Millman next in the fourth round on Monday. It is the 17th consecutive fourth round for the Swiss at the US Open.
“I think he didn’t come up with the foods when he really had to, and I was good, I think, by making him hit that extra shot,” Federer said. “Things worked well for me today.” “I thought Nick was inspired. He knew what he wanted to do. I din’t quite, off the baseline, get the right balance going,” Federer said. “It was important to somehow get out of it and stay within 4-3 and probably look at a tie-break. But I was able to break earlier, which was clearly great because I had no sniff on any of his service games in the first three or four. I didn’t get discouraged, and I think that was also the key today.”
Federer Dominates Kyrgios, Advances to US Open Fourth Round
Source: ATP World Tour