Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

US Open: Roger Federer gives rebel Nick Kyrgios a harsh lesson

US Open: Roger Federer gives rebel Nick Kyrgios a harsh lesson

"Almost unreal", said the 23-year-old who admired the bit of racket wizardry with eyes wide open and mouth agape.

"I think more of my tennis is more to do with the mental side of things rather than technique or tactics or anything like that", he said.

"He should have hit a normal forehand in the open court and he chooses to go for sort of the drop shot, which at the end cost him the match", Federer reportedly said.

Things would have been much different if Kyrgios could have converted one of four break points in the seventh game of the opening set. The US Open determined that Lahyani "went beyond protocol", but "will continue to officiate during the 2018 US Open".

Set two was over in no time as a typically graceful Federer maintained his focus, Kyrgios at least avoiding the indignity of a bagel as he recovered from 15-40 down to take the sixth game.

The pair met in the third round in the most highly-anticipated men's match of the tournament so far, but it proved to be style over substance as Federer raced to a 6-4 6-1 7-5 victory inside two hours. "But that's just how he plays".

American tennis legend John McEnroe again led the public criticism of Kyrgios' performance - saying he simply hopes the Australian is able to learn from the lesson Federer handed out. The way he behaves on court. "Other big shots I remember, with Andy (Roddick), the counter-smash, and of course the between-the-legs here with Novak (Djokovic)", he said of the shot. I could take a leaf out of his book. But, he may need to step out of his comfort zone and play more aggressively if he wants to win this match.

And while the Australian fought that one off with an inside-out forehand down the line, he was unable to save the second one; Federer threading the needle with a sliced backhand return down the line on a 95-mph second serve. He's won five titles at the U.S Open, although the last arrived a decade ago.

It's most pronounced in the women's field, where 10 of the top 13 seeds already are gone as Week 1 comes to an end.

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Meanwhile, defending men's champion Rafael Nadal reached his fourth grand slam quarterfinal of the season, and 36th of his career, by getting past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-3 6-7 (6) 6-4, while No 11 John Isner of the USA made it that far at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2011.

Suarez Navarro, seeded 30th, next faces 2006 champion Maria Sharapova, who defeated 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2. 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.

Federer would later break Kyrgios' service to win the first set on a backhand victor.

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

Kerber said she didn't think her defeat was the result of any domino effect.

"I was trying to tell him that the shot wasn't that good!"

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

A break at that point could have put serious doubt in his opponent's mind, but Federer weathered the storm, and after seven deuces and four break points saved, holding serve felt like a victory.

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