ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Nick Kyrgios wins poker clash against Roger Federer


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ThrowbackTimes Madrid: Nick Kyrgios wins poker clash against Roger Federer

The second-round clash at 2015 Madrid Masters saw the battle between world no. 2 Roger Federer and the young gun Nick Kyrgios, with the talented Aussie prevailing 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in two hours and 37 minutes after fending off two match points.

It was an excellent performance from both players, with good serving and only seven break points in the entire encounter, both hitting more winners than unforced errors as well. Roger had a slim 91-89 edge in the shortest points up to four strokes and a more stable 36-28 advantage in the mid-range exchanges.

On the other hand, Nick claimed the majority of the most extended rallies and crossed the finish line first despite winning four points less than Roger. The match kicked off in an unusual pattern for the encounter with three tie breaks, as Federer sent a forehand long to get broken in the very first game.

Carried by this momentum, the youngster sailed through his service games and had a chance to close the opener with another good hold at 5-4. The nerves started to show up, forcing Nick to spray a backhand error that kept Roger in the set, as they started all over from 5-5.

Two easy holds brought a tie break and Roger claimed it 7-2 with an ace after 42 minutes, completing the escape and hoping for more of the same in set number two . Nick lost his focus over one questionable call to suffer a break at the beginning of the second set, settling into a right rhythm after that and pulling the break back in game four after a fantastic forehand that forced an error from Roger.

Federer repelled a break chance at 3-4 with a solid attack, with four more great holds sending them into another tie break. This time it was Kyrgios who played with more stamina, racing into a 6-2 lead and converting the fourth set point with a service winner to send the match into a decider after 100 minutes.

The third set brought nothing for the returners as well as they produced 12 quick holds to set the best possible closing of the match in the deciding tie break. Kyrgios opened it with a forehand down the line winner for an instant mini-break before Roger got it back in the third point to extend the drama.

The Swiss hit a massive forehand error in the fourth point but was back on the level terms with a mini-break at 2-3 to keep the crowd on the edge of their seats. Two winners from the Aussie pushed him 6-5 up but Roger stayed calm, winning two points on serve for 7-6 and a match point.

Nick erased it with a good forehand and a service winner gave him another match point at 8-7. A service winner from Federer took care of it but Kyrgios seized another match point at 9-8 after a perfect drop shot. Roger refused to go away, fending it off after forcing an error from Nick, earning another match point at 11-10.

He failed to return Nick's serve and the youngster went 12-11 in front with another quick rally, keeping the pressure on the other side of the net. Federer saved the fifth match point with an excellent forehand but Kyrgios was too good in the next one, firing a forehand down the line to force a mistake from Roger, sealing the deal a minute later when the Swiss sent a forehand wide, celebrating a notable victory less than a year after stunning Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.