Federer's round-the-net victor leaves Kyrgios speechless

Jo Caldwell
September 3, 2018

"Almost got to the point where I wanted him to start making shots like that, and I finally got it". He was agonizingly close to getting there past year at the U.S. Open, leading by two sets against Juan Martin del Potro in the round of 16 before the 2009 champion roared back to win.

The match featured no shortage of highlights, including a jaw-dropping shot from Federer that left Kyrgios speechless during the third set.

"Clearly", Federer said, "when you play that way and you lose, it's always, like, you feel like he's so much to blame". Thiem's only victory had come on clay, his best surface.

Federer well and truly left the often combustible Kyrgios speechless with a spellbinding performance that included a moment of magic from the 37-year-old's racket.

Roger Federer taunted Nick Kyrgios for his shot-making audacity after delivering a tennis masterclass to send the flashy Australian packing from the US Open in NY.

"I think we're two very different characters", said Kyrgios. "When he gets in front, there's not much you can do".

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Federer will be seeking a 13th appearance in the US Open quarter-finals when he plays Australian John Millman, who reached the last 16 of a major for the first time with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin.

A few hours before Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic took the court against Richard Gasquet, he spent some quality time with his wife and son in New York City.

Federer, of course, is in search of his 20th Grand Slam singles title. Asked what he would want other players to learn from the way he conducts himself on the court, Federer didn't flinch.

Two seeded men lost in the afternoon: No. 4 Alexander Zverev and No. 17 Lucas Pouille.

Kerber, the 2016 US Open victor trying to become the third woman in the last 20 years to win both Wimbledon and the US Open in the same season, was bundled out by Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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.

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"Incredible fighting spirit", Cilic said of de Minaur after the young Aussie kept him on court until 2.22 am (0622 GMT) Sunday morning - the second-latest finish in US Open history.

Federer would later break Kyrgios' service to win the first set on a backhand victor.

"You have sometimes days where you are trying everything, but it's not really working as you wish", she said.

Top-ranked Simona Halep, the French Open champion, was eliminated in the first round.

Things went from bad to worse for a younger player, losing his serve again in the second game of the second set following a forehand victor from Roger, who had won six games in a row.

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