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US Open at a glance -- day 6

04 September, 2018, 19:29 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Roger Federer stuns crowd Nick Kyrgios with amazing shot around net post

Roger Federer remained on course for a first US Open title in a decade as he delivered an imperious performance to ease past the challenge of Nick Kyrgios in straight sets at Flushing Meadows.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men´s singles third round match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on Day Six of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2018.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion said the match-up brought out the best tennis she has played since she came back from the birth of her daughter Olympia.

Chasing down a cheeky drop shot, the five-times Flushing Meadows champion scooped the ball inches off the ground and curled it around the net post for a ridiculous victor that earned him a standing ovation from the hollering crowd. "He hits his shot, but then if he doesn't win that point, maybe he tells himself, 'Well, maybe I should have hit a normal shot.' It just goes the other way around".

Federer later explained that it was one of the more "unique" shots in his career. The amusing thing about this shot is, I didn't think about it until I hit it. "He came out firing a lot of aces and feeling good".

If Rafael Nadal against Karen Khachanov was a gladiatorial battle, this was part tennis match, part circus show, and Federer was the ringmaster.

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. "Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out".

Down 4-6, 0-3 against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nick Kyrgios got an alleged "pep talk" from chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani. "When he gets in front, there's not much you can do".

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- John Millman, who will face Federer for a place in the quarter-finals, admitted he was a handful for his parents when he was growing up in Brisbane. If he makes it past Millman, Federer could find Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic waiting in the last eight. Federer's record against Kyrgios improved to 3-1 with Saturday's win, their only meeting at a Grand Slam.

- Angelique Kerber not interested in why she and top two seeds Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki all failed to make it past the third round.

Kyrgios' trademark outbursts and meltdowns were overshadowed by a moment of pure Federer magic which brought the US Open crowd to its feet - and left Kyrgios completely bewildered.

And while the Australian fought that one off with an inside-out forehand down the line, he was unable to save the second one; Federer threading the needle with a sliced backhand return down the line on a 95-mph second serve.

'In my career, I don't think I have - I have been around for about four years now.

"Just the way he goes about things, I could take a leaf out of his book", he said. "You have sometimes days where you are trying everything, but it's not really working as you wish".

OurnumberoneRF: Touch of Roger Federer, I mean GENIUS.

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