Roger Federer recalled his Laver Cup match with Nick Kyrgios last month in Geneva. The Swiss prevailed in three sets. Speaking to Tennis Channel, Federer admitted he was thrilled to face the Australian again. "I told the guys, I am ready to play Nick if you want to.
I like the prospect of playing Nick. He is exciting to watch, a great challenge and exciting to play against. The first three ones were incredibly tight, three-set tie-breakers in Madrid, Miami, Stuttgart. When he is serving well, chances are not there a lot.
You just have to try to be with him, try to make him work hard and try to make him earn it. In Prague it was a classic while in Chicago it was much more closer", admitted the 38-year-old who is competing in Shanghai next week.
Recalling his straight-set US Open win over Kyrgios last year, Federer said: "It has got to do something with Nick's performance. I played well, maybe he was not up to the standards that we know Nick can play at against the best players.
But I took advantage of that. He has had great results this year winning in Acapulco I believe and Washington beating great players there so his game is probably where he wants it to be. He got a great start." Kyrgios is taking a break from the competition due to a shoulder injury. He is committed to play in Vienna next.