The main part of Roger Federer's American Open victory over Nick Kyrgios, both men agreed, all came within 17 minutes, when the 20-fold big champion did 3-serve, love-40 and got out of trouble.
The most spectacular part? That is to say, everyone who saw it would certainly agree, the on-a-full-sprint, drop-shot-retrieving, flick-of-a-few-inches-off-the-ground, forehand-around-the -net- post, overwhelming winner that Federer came in the third round close to the conclusion of the 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 tour de force.
"Almost unreal," said Kyrgios, who admired the little racket wizardry with wide open eyes and open mouth.
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"A special, no doubt about it," explained Federer, who put it down there among his greatest hits, which, given whom we are talking about, certainly says something.
Much was made of the previous game of Kyrgios, in which the referee Mohamed Lahyani climbed out of his chair to have a conversation with the 23-year-old player about whether he did his best while staying behind with a set and a break .
Kyrgios went on winning; Lahyani was by the U.S. Tennis Association harassed for violating the "protocol", but was allowed to continue to officiate during the tournament.
This time, of course, Kyrgios did not get any sort of advice during the game, except for the murmur, at different volumes, he turned to himself.
He has no coach and wondered aloud, during the last in a long line of news conferences that look more like therapy sessions, whether he should add one – or maybe someone who could help with the mental aspect of the game.
Federer alluded to a particularly dubious choice made by Kyrgios at 5-all, 40-15 in the final set, when he went for a dropshot that just found it instead of simply hitting a normal forehand to the open court.
"It's clear," said Federer, "if you play and lose that way, you always feel like he's to blame, but that's exactly how he plays." Clearly.
The contrast between Kyrgios & mindset and Federer & # 39; s was not lost on the talented, as temperamental, Australian.
"We are two very different characters, and just as he does, I could get a sheet from his book, the way he behaves on the field, his attitude," said the 30th Kyrgios.
"I do not want to change myself too much, but I can certainly get rid of things that he does in certain situations, he is the ultimate role model for anyone who wants to play."
The No. 2-seeded Federer went to the fourth round in Flushing Meadows for the 17th consecutive time. He has won five titles at the American Open, although the last ten years have arrived.
The following is what constitutes a mismatch against the 55th-ranked John Millman, who has never come this far at a Grand Slam tournament.
"He is the best the game has played, in my opinion," said Millman, who practiced with Federer for the lawn part of this season. "I have a lot of respect for Roger."