The incredible Roger Federer shot that left Nick Kyrgios stunned

The incredible Roger Federer shot that left Nick Kyrgios stunned

The incredible Roger Federer shot that left Nick Kyrgios stunned

"It was nearly unreal", said Kyrgios, who is no stranger to trick shots of his own.

For Federer at 37 to get it past the post and squeak it up the line. Federer, standing behind the baseline, took off.

"You don't get an opportunity to hit around the net post very often, because in practice the net is out further and the court is more narrow". 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.

Kyrgios started as the entertainer but it was now Federer putting on the show, the 20-times major victor flicking a sublime backhand victor then rifling a forehand cross court to charge to 5-0 before seizing a two-sets-to-love lead with his 10th ace.

"But today I think he didn't come up with the goods when he really had to, and I was good, I think, by making him hit that extra shot". "No, it was nearly unreal. unbelievable".

"It's one of the more iconic courts in the world, so I think that's really cool", Millman said.

"If anyone else is doing those shots against me, I'm probably not too happy".

"I could take a leaf out of his book", he said, "just the way he goes about things, his demeanor".

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

The victor of 98 singles titles schooled Kyrgios, showing the brash young player that it takes more than cocksure attitude and a big serve to win a Grand Slam event. The 23-year-old has one of the best serves in the game for his simple ability to place the ball well at an incredibly high speed. "Sure", Federer said, pausing to smile, "it's unusual for it to happen to you with your own serve". Serving to stay in the match at 4-5, the Australian handed Federer an opening, which he duly took, pouncing on only his second break point of the match to snatch the first set like a thief in the night. He started playing some shots that we all know he can make.

Federer will face another Australian in John Millman in the fourth round before a potential quarter-final outing against Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic. No. 4 Angelique Kerber and No. 5 Petra Kvitova - owners of a combined five Grand Slam titles - exited Saturday, both at Louis Armstrong Stadium, the same new arena where No. 1 Simona Halep and No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki were beaten earlier in the tournament.

Federer's convincing win made discussion of the match quickly turn into a discussion of style.

Oliver Brown: Roger Federer with one of the shots of this or any other year.

Even Kyrgios was left gawking by Federer's shot as the Flushing Meadows crowd rose to their feet.

"I have been around for about four years now. I would pick up balls for him back then", the 29-year-old said ahead of Monday's showdown.

"I wouldn't say I'm satisfied with my career".

"To play fair and play tough", said Federer on Saturday when asked what he can offer to young players.

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