Nick Kyrgios in awe as Roger Federer ends his US Open hopes

Aubrey Yates
September 5, 2018

The highlight of a more competitive final set, which featured a host of entertaining exchanges, saw Federer draw gasps from Kyrgios with a stunning forehand around the net post that barely reached knee height.

"I have barely done anything", Kyrgios, who fell victim to a virtuoso display from Roger Federer in the third round of the US Open in NY, said.

Although Kyrgios went on to hold serve in the game, Federer broke four games later to help seal his place in the last 16 at Flushing Meadows. While his first set saw him return poorly and serve several second serves, after the end of the firsts et, Federer loosened up a bunch and played some explosive tennis, nearly bagelling Kyrgios (lost 2 set points at 5-0) and clinching the second set at 6-1 in what was his best set of tennis since a long time.

"Almost unreal", said Kyrgios, who admired the bit of racket wizardry with eyes wide open and mouth agape.

"I definitely think it was a special one, no doubt about it", said Federer after being asked if the shot was one of the greatest of his illustrious career. He started playing some shots that we all know, you know, he can make.

"These shots can only really happen on a big court".

He defied his 37 years to reach an acutely-angled Kyrgios slice and flashed a victor around the post of the net.

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The No.2 seed was leading two-sets when he produced a truly outrageous victor.

The contrast between Kyrgios' mindset and Federer's was not lost on the talented, if temperamental, Australian.

Federer, of course, is in search of his 20th Grand Slam singles title.

The Germans were meeting for the fifth time with Zverev having won the last two encounters but there was little the fourth seed could do to stop an inspired Kohlschreiber, who won 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 at Louis Armstrong Stadium. "He loosened up straightaway after that". We obviously want to try to win, but at the end there is always a nice shake of hands usually.Yeah, other than that, just enjoy and get a sense and an idea for it and get the difference between TV and live sport.

From there, Federer served out the match easily to set up a fourth-round clash with another Australian, John Millman. All the pressure was off him.

That put her among the contenders for the title in an open women's draw, but she was unable to overcome 19-year-old Vondrousova, who won a deciding tie-break for a 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-6 (7-1) victory.

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