Federer makes incredible shot at US Open

Mae Harvey
September 4, 2018

"Say something else", Kyrgios said towards his box.

"The 23-year-old Australian mouthed 'Oh my god!" before trying to congratulate Federer, who allowed himself a sly smile, from across the net.

Kerber, the 2016 US Open victor tying to become the third woman in the last 20 years to win both Wimbledon and the US Open in the same season, was bundled out by Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Federer, standing behind the baseline, took off. From there, Williams smacked an ace at 118 miles per hour, followed by a service victor at 113 miles per hour to go up 3-0, and that essentially was that.

On Saturday, the young guns showed no signs of breaking the stranglehold of the three men who collectively own 50 Grand Slam titles and also split the season's first three majors.

"It was nearly unreal". I don't want to go back to when I was a little kid.

Unfortunately he kept his word for only half the match and it was not until Federer rounded off a 6-4 6-1 7-5 win with a concluding ace down the middle that Kyrgios offered him a respectful handshake. "Yeah, definitely the around-the-pole shot was unique, it can only happen in a bigger court where you play with the singles net".

"Today I think he didn't come up with the goods when he really had to, and I was good, I think, by making him hit that extra shot".

While it was opportunity lost for Kyrgios, Federer raised his game to imperious levels after the reprieve. "He's an unbelievable front-runner", Kyrgios said.

Federer's tenacity reaped rewards with the second seed stealing the opening set with a backhand return pass on a rare Kyrgios serving lapse. To cut it short, Roger Federer is a poetry in motion. I'm feeling great now, too. "I hope they look to me or parents look to me and think that they will be happy that maybe their son would behave like this on a tennis court or tried as hard as I did".

We admit: We also didn't know you could shoot the ball around the net.

The defending men's champion Rafael Nadal reached his fourth Grand Slam quarterfinal of the season, and 36th of his career, by getting past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4, while No. 11 John Isner of the US made it that far at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2011.

Federer's convincing win made discussion of the match quickly turn into a discussion of style.

Even Kyrgios was left gawking by Federer's shot as the Flushing Meadows crowd rose to their feet. On the men's side, I can not even think about returning John Isner (6ft 10in/2.08m) or Kevin Anderson (6ft 8ins/2.03m) or somebody like this. "Nobody was expecting me to get that far", Pliskova said after beating No. 18 Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4.

"I don't care because I'm just taking care about my draw, about my opponent, about my matches, and my day".

But he said no matter what he tried, Federer had the answers.

"We're two very different characters". I could take a leaf out of his book.

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