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Federer hands Kyrgios U.S. Open masterclass

Federer hands Kyrgios U.S. Open masterclass

But despite microphones picking up the 23-year-old ranting about needing to hire a coach during a second-set meltdown against Federer, Kyrgios says he's in no rush to appoint a mentor after flying solo for nearly a year - and much of his career. Yet there was Roger Federer, barreling toward the right net post in full flight.

The so called "Next Gen" of men's tennis discovered at the U.S. Open that they are a long way off from toppling Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic off their lofty perch, with the much-hyped 20-somethings sent packing in the first week. Federer, standing behind the baseline, took off.

"For a shot like this to happen in a practice, you will be running into a fence and you will hit it into the net", he said. From there, Williams smacked an ace at 118 miles per hour, followed by a service victor at 113 miles per hour to go up 3-0, and that essentially was that. "Nearly got to the point where I wanted him to start making shots like that, and I finally got it", Kyrgios said. "No, it was nearly unreal. unbelievable. I'm probably going to place it on Instagram".

Unfortunately he kept his word for only half the match and it was not until Federer rounded off a 6-4 6-1 7-5 win with a concluding ace down the middle that Kyrgios offered him a respectful handshake.

"On clay, I think it's one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy or to compete with this guy", Thiem said. He's very good at doing these shots, too.

"The good thing is I managed to have a hit on it first time with Andy (Murray) before the tournament, so that was actually pretty cool". "Things worked well for me today".

Kyrgios is a big talent, but tends to only turn up on occasion, and he never really seemed like a serious threat to Federer this time around.

Kerber's defeat followed the early exits of world number one Simona Halep and No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki - who were both also seeking a second Grand Slam title of the year.

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 serves were stunning, but what made it entertaining was that Kyrgios wasn't even using his own service motion. "It was unbelievable", he said with a smile.

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves the ball during his men´s singles third round match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia on Day Six of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2018. It left Kyrgios bemused and smiling, an appreciation that wrapped around a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"The way he behaves on court, you his demeanor, I could definitely take away".


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