US Open: Roger Federer dominates Nick Kyrgios to stay on title course


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US Open: Roger Federer dominates Nick Kyrgios to stay on title course

World number 2 and the five-time US Open champion Roger Federer is through to the fourth round in New York for the 17th time in 18 appearances following a 6-4 6-1 7-5 win over Nick Kyrgios in an hour and 47 minutes. This was their fourth meeting and the third win for Roger in a row after losing the opening encounter in Madrid 2015 when Kyrgios saved match points to prevail in three tie breaks.

The next two clashes were finished in the deciding tie break as well but not this one, with Roger having the upper hand after the opening eight games, saving four break points at 3-3 and storming over Nick in the rest of the match to seal the deal without any drama.

The Aussie gave his best to stay focused and motivated but he was simply overpowered by the better opponent who moved around the court brilliantly to produce some stunning shots that amazed the entire Arthur Ashe Stadium and his opponent.

Roger lost 24 points on serve and he faced no break points besides that one loose service game, keeping the pressure on Nick who failed to endure it, facing 10 break points and getting broken four times to lose the match in straight sets.

Unlike in the opening two matches, the Swiss had 51 winners and 24 unforced errors while Kyrgios stood on a 32-35 ratio which couldn't keep him in the match for longer. Roger did a lot of damage with his first serve and despite some problems on the second he was unchallenged in his service games, entering the last 16 in style.

Kyrgios was the better player in the opening eight games, losing only one point on serve and creating those four break points in game seven that could have turned the fortune to his side of the net. Federer saved three of those with winners, bringing the game home after six deuces and gaining the momentum before the remaining part of the set.

After two holds at love on each side Nick was serving to stay in the set at 4-5 and he lost the ground, unable to find free points and suffering a break when Roger hit a backhand slice return winner for a 6-4 after 36 minutes.

There was only one player on the court in set number two and Federer wrapped it up in some 25 minutes to move 6-4 6-1 ahead, marching towards the finish line. A perfect drop shot gave Roger a break point in game two and he converted it with a deep return that forced an error from Nick to move 2-0 up.

Another poor shot from Nick cost him the service game at 0-3 and he saved two set points in the sixth game to avoid a bagel. Federer closed the set with a hold at love in game seven, firing four service winners against the rival who wasn't interesting to chase the balls and moving closer to the place in the last 16.

Kyrgios competing on the serious level again in set number three and he saved a couple of break points in game seven to stay in touch, serving at 5-5 to secure a tie break. He squandered three game points and Roger converted a break chance when Nick netted an easy forehand, going 6-5 up and serving for the win in the following game.

Federer needed no second invitation, hitting four winners and bringing the 12th game home at love after an ace to grab the win and set the fourth round meeting with another Aussie John Millman. Third round result:

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