Federer, Djokovic in red-hot form; Maria queen of night
New York, September 2
Roger Federer found a new way to amaze Saturday as he reached the US Open last-16 with a 6-4 6-1 7-5 victory over Nick Kyrgios.
The Swiss withstood an early onslaught from the unpredictable Aussie, firing 51 winners that included an unlikely forehand flicked around the net post that Kyrgios couldn’t believe.
“Definitely a bit of luck and good feet,” Federer said of the shot that had Kyrgios wide-eyed at the net. Federer had the luxury of a two-set lead when the duo’s most entertaining exchanges thrilled the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. Things would have been much different if Kyrgios could have converted one of the four break points in the seventh game of the opening set. But Federer escaped, breaking Kyrgios to pocket the first set and dominating the second.
Federer will be seeking a 13th appearance in the US Open quarterfinals 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.
Djokovic extended his dominance over Richard Gasquet with a 6-2 6-3 6-3 victory. Djokovic saved all five break points he faced to book a meeting with Joao Sousa of Portugal, a 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/5) winner over France’s Lucas Pouille.
The third round was the end of the line for the men’s and women’s fourth seeds from Germany — Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber. Kerber was bundled out by Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 3-6 6-3 6-3. Zverev fell 6-7 (1/7) 6-4 6-1 6-3 to veteran compatriot Philippe Kohlschreiber.
Kohlschreiber will seek a quarterfinal berth against Kei Nishikori after the Japanese downed Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 5-7 6-1.