US Open 2018: Roger Federer says stunning shot was 'special'

Heather Diaz
September 2, 2018

Nick Kyrgios views Roger Federer as the "ultimate role model" to anyone who harbours ambitions of playing tennis and admits he should "take a leaf out of his book", while he admitted he's open to the possibility of adding a mentor figure to his team going forwards.

In the first set Kyrgios kept pace with Federer, even imitating his opponent's serve at one point, but he totally fell apart in the second.

Kyrgios' trademark outbursts and meltdowns were overshadowed by a moment of pure Federer magic which brought the US Open crowd to its feet - and left Kyrgios completely bewildered.

"If anyone else is doing those shots against me, I'm probably not too happy", Kyrgios said. An ace on match point finished off the job.

"I've got a lot of respect for Roger".

While Federer is usually all business and Kyrgios the showman, the roles were reversed midway through the third set on Saturday when the Swiss produced a trick shot that left the Australian wide-eyed and open mouthed.

By the third set Kyrgios was running out of ideas as Federer kept up the pressure and broke Kyrgios for a 6-5 lead.

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"He played really well today", Kyrgios said.

'In my career, I don't think I have - I have been around for about four years now. Federer's reward was a very winnable-looking fourth-round match against another Australian - the less gifted but more focused John Millman.

Saturday's blockbuster was billed as the match of the first week.

Switzerland's Federer may well have decided the match when serving at 3-all, love-40, less than 20 minutes into his game against controversial Australian Kyrgios on Sunday morning (NZT).

The setback marked the beginning of the end for Kyrgios, who gave his courtside box a sarcastic thumbs up after dropping serve again, from 30-love up, to fall behind 3-0 in the second set.

Kyrgios started as the entertainer but it was now Federer putting on the show, the 20-times major victor flicking a sublime backhand victor then rifling a forehand cross court to charge to 5-0 before seizing a two-sets-to-love lead with his 10th ace.

The third set was a more competitive affair but despite showing good determination to fight off two break points at 3-3 Kyrgios was unable to repeat the feat four games later as Federer broke before securing victory with an ace to take the acclaim from the NY crowd and his watching family. "But it's Roger", smiled Kyrgios. "For me, the result against Caroline was good for one day".

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