Swiss maestro Federer knocks brash Aussie Kyrgios out of US Open

Swiss maestro Federer knocks brash Aussie Kyrgios out of US Open

Greg Rusedski praised Roger Federer for the forehand around the net he hit during the match against Nick Kyrgios.

Volatile Australian Nick Kyrgios managed to keep the first set of his match with No. 2 seed Roger Federer relatively close, but Federer jumped out to a two-set lead after dominating in the second.

But the best from the match, a highlight that would be played over-and-over came in the third set.

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot to Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in NY. The unbelievable piece of skill left fans lost for words and helped Federer to a convincing 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 victory which earned him a place in the fourth round. "It was nearly unreal", Kyrgios said after the match, adding: "If anyone else is doing those shots against me, I'm probably not too happy".

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Kyrgios can hardly ever play without fielding questions about his on-court antics - his swearing, his inadvisable trick shots, his widely varying level of effort - but against Federer it seemed more pronounced.

"Clearly", Federer said, "when you play that way and you lose, it's always, like, you feel like he's so much to blame. Other big shots I remember, with Andy (Roddick), the counter-smash, and of course the between-the-legs here with Novak (Djokovic)". He started playing some shots that we all know he can make.

That consistency, impressive though it was to watch the 37-year-old hit 51 winners, eventually turned what had been a highly anticipated match into a bit of a bore.

For many, his visit to NY this year was his tennis career in a nutshell.

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EPTEMBER 01: Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia shakes hands with Angelique Kerber of Germany after their women´s singles third round match on Day Six of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2018.

Millman's victory vaulted him into the second week of a major for the first time.

To Kyrgios' credit, he showed more fight in the third, but he wasn't able or willing to attack Federer's serve with any real fire, and the 20-time Grand Slam champion rarely looked troubled. On the fourth, Federer snapped off a forehand victor.

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. As well as Federer neutralized his game, the 6-foot-4 Kyrgios said he might be able to learn something from Saturday. No. 6 Caroline Garcia and No. 13 Kiki Bertens also lost, while 2017 runner-up Madison Keys came back to beat Aleksandra Krunic 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

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Federer also cut through Kyrgios' defences easily off the ground, hitting 51 winners and making just 24 unforced errors. "So that's why I won, because I believed I have a chance", the No. 8-seeded Pliskova said. "When he gets in front, there's not much you can do".

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