Australian rising star Nick Kyrgios is excited and looking forward to clashing off once again against world No. 2 Roger Federer. The Australian defeated France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6 7-6 (6) 6-3 6-0 to reach the US Open third round.
The 23-year-old was down by a set and a break but recovered in style to set up a meeting against Federer. The record 20-time Grand Slam champion defeated French Benoit Paire in the US Open second round. No. 30 seed Kyrgios and second-seeded Federer are set to clash against each other for the fourth time.
The Australian beat Federer at the Madrid Masters three years ago before the Swiss ended on the winning side when they met at the Miami Masters last year and Stuttgart this year respectively. "It's always fun playing Roger.
I'm looking forward to it. He's not looking ahead. Obviously exciting, I've got nothing to lose. I'm going to go out there and compete my arse off," Kyrgios said. While Kyrgios was down 6-4 3-0, chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani got down from his chair and gave a pep talk to the Australian, encouraging him to start performing better.
The match completely turned after the pep talk as the 23-year-old went on to steal the second set and easily win the following two. Many have claimed that it wasn't fair to Herbert and have argued whether Lahyani as a chair umpire was allowed to do something like that.
"He was just concerned about how I was playing. He was asking if I'm ok," Kyrgios said. Also read: Daniil Medvedev: Stefanos Tsitsipas blocked me on Instagram but we are OK