US Open: Roger Federer routs Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev knocked out

November 17, 2019

first_imgRoger Federer out-gunned Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 and stormed into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday with what looked like a ruthless display that gave the Austrailian no chance at all.It was a masterclass from Federer at a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium and that left Kyrgios talking to himself and waving the white flag. Their last three meetings had required a third-set tiebreak to decide the winner but this time in New York, it was a rout.In fact, after the match, Kyrgios took to Twitter to congratulate Federer on the win trying to not sound “like a fanboy”. He cheered on Federer to win his 21st Grand Slam title in New York.”Without sounding like a fanboy, congrats to @rogerfederer today. Too good on the day, GOAT. Good luck extending that lead, go get 21. Everyone else, thanks for the support during @usopen sorry I couldnt get it done today. #MuchLove,” Kyrgios tweeted.Without sounding like a fanboy, congrats to @rogerfederer today. Too good on the day, GOAT. Good luck extending that lead, go get 21. Everyone else, thanks for the support during @usopen sorry I couldnt get it done today. #MuchLove ?????? Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) September 1, 2018The match was not only an intriguing contrast in styles but also in temperament, with Federer, tennis’s ultimate good guy, taking on Kyrgios, the sport’s undisputed bad boy.While the 37-year-old Federer has mined the most out of his immense skill to capture a record 20 Grand Slam titles, including five US Opens, Kyrgios remains one of the sport’s great enigmas, widely viewed as one of tennis’s great talents and biggest underachievers.advertisementWhile Federer is usually all business and Kyrgios the showman, the roles were reversed midway through the third set on Saturday when the Swiss produced a trick shot that left the Australian wide-eyed and open [email protected] on THAT @rogerfederer shot: ?? #USOpen ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) September 1, 2018Chasing down a cheeky drop shot, the Swiss hit it inches off the ground and curled it around the net post for a ridiculous winner that earned him a standing ovation from the hollering crowd.”If anyone else is doing those shots against me, I’m probably not too happy. But it’s Roger,” smiled Kyrgios. “It was almost unreal.”Almost got to the point where I wanted him to start making shots like that, and I finally got it.”Fun Fact:@SwissOpenGstaad has a tradition of gifting cows to @rogerfederer. With Roger’s Moooves today we totally get it…@swiss_tennis #USOpen US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2018Cool, controlled and clinical, Federer fans can count on the very best from the Swiss each and every time he steps onto the court.Kyrgios, on the other hand, is a ticking time bomb ready to go off at any moment, all power and furry one minute, disinterested clown the next.The Australian had already found himself at the centre of a Flushing Meadows controversy this week when umpire Mohamed Lahyani felt it necessary to get down from his chair during Kyrgios’s second round match against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert to urge him to show some interest.On Saturday, umpire James Keothavong stayed in his chair and watched on with the rest of the 23,000-capacity crowd as the big-hitting Australian mumbled away to himself while facing an array of exquisite Federer winners that kept flying past his racket.The match got off to a promising start with neither player able to gain an advantage.But the tide quickly turned in Federer’s favour when Kyrgios could not convert any of four break chances at 3-3 in first.After Kyrgios held at 4-4 Federer seized control and never let go. He roared through the next seven games, breaking the crumbling Australian to take the opening set then breaking him twice more in the second for a 5-0 lead.”At 3-3, love-40, I take one of those points, the match is wide open,” said Kyrgios. “He’s not going to play as well as he did towards the end of the first set or into the second set.”Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.”I know how to beat him. I have beaten him before. Obviously not today.”By the third set Kyrgios was running out of ideas as Federer kept up the pressure and broke Kyrgios for a 6-5 lead. An ace on match point finished off the job.INSPIRED KOHLSCHREIBER SEES OFF ZVEREV IN FOUR SETSadvertisementAn out-of-sorts Alexander Zverev was dumped out of the US Open third round on Saturday after losing a fierce battle of wills with compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber in four sets.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.The versatile 34-year-old showed none of the mental fragility that has dogged him in the past, recovering well after being trounced in a first set tiebreak to set up a last 16 meeting with Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the 21st seed.Zverev, billed as the most likely of the new generation of players to break the stranglehold that Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic have had on the sport’s biggest prizes, showed once again that he is not yet the finished article.Like Kohlschreiber, the 21-year-old is an excellent all-round player and possesses a far more potent serve than his countryman, but his temperament under pressure is also suspect.Zverev teamed up with Ivan Lendl ahead of the US Open, bringing the eight-times Grand Slam champion on to his coaching staff in an attempt to take the next step in his career.Going by the evidence served up on Saturday, Lendl has his work cut out for him.”It’s a process,” Zverev told reporters. “I took (Lendl) to do well at slams, but this is a process. You can’t expect to kind of immediately see the results. I think the results will come next year.”He told me before the tournament started that, hopefully you’ll do very well at the US Open, but we’re more looking towards… being at the latter stages, competing for slams next year.”Zverev committed 53 unforced errors, seven double faults, was helpless against Kohlschreiber’s backhand slice and lacked any sort of killer instinct, converting only three of his 13 break point opportunities.”(Kohlschreiber) has everything,” Zverev added. “He can use a lot of top spin, can hit the ball flat, use a lot of slice. He can mix it up well. It’s tough to get a rhythm against him sometimes.”Zverev cut an increasingly frustrated figure as the tide turned against him, talking to himself and turning to the player’s box time and again in the hope of a solution.He conceded defeat with a forehand error, sending Kohlschreiber into the fourth round for the fifth time in his career.”It was a very entertaining match,” Kohlschreiber said in his on-court interview. “You have Sascha with the big serve, big strokes, but I was very happy with the variety in my play.”DEL POTRO THROUGH TO FOURTH ROUNDJuan Martin del Potro is through to the fourth round at the US Open.The 2009 champion beat No. 31 seed Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-3 in the final match of the night.Next up for del Potro, the No. 3 seed, is No. 20 seed Borna Coric.US Open finalist Kevin Anderson survived a scare from 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov and won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the fourth round.advertisementOTHER RESULTS:David Goffin (10) beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(4)Kei Nishikori (21) beat Diego Schwartzmann (13) 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1(With inputs from agencies)last_img

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