NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roger Federer gave Nick Kyrgios a masterclass of tennis by defeating him 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 and going from Saturday to the last 16 of the US Open.
Swiss Roger Federer defeats Australian Nick Kyrgios at the US Open on September 1, 2018. Compulsory credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Because the three previous meetings of both tennis players required a "tiebreak" in the third set to define a winner, a crowded Arthur Ashe stadium expected a lot of drama, but instead there was a new victory for Federer against the unpredictable Australian. .
The match was not only a contrast of styles, but also of temperaments. By staying calm and keeping the situation under control, Federer fans can always count on the Swiss to do their best every time they get on a job.
Kyrgios for his part is a time bomb that explodes, full of power and anger one moment and disinterest the next.
The game had a promising start when no player could gain an advantage. But the scoreboard soon topped Federer's favor when Kyrgios could not convert any of the four chances to break.
Although Federer is usually very focused and Kyrgios is known as a "showman", the roles were reversed in the third set when the Swiss made a fantasy shot that left the Australian with his eyes and mouth open.
In another game of the day, Alexander Zverev was left behind in the US Open in the third round on Saturday after losing a fierce battle for his will with his compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber in four sets.
The Germans measured for the fifth time and Zverev had won the last two games, but the fourth seed could not do much to stop an inspired Kohlschreiber, who won 6-7 (7-1), 6-4, 6 -1, 6-3 in the Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The versatile 34-year-old player did not show the mental vulnerability that influenced him in the past, recovering after being defeated in the first tiebreak to go to the second round, where he would meet Kei Nishikori, who eliminated Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in four sets 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.
Zverev, 21 years old and regarded as the most likely candidate of his generation to break the reign of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, once again showed that he is not yet at that level. His mood betrayed him under pressure.
Zverev had 53 unforced errors, seven double errors and could not do anything against Kohlschreiber's backhand. He has only converted three of his thirteen breakthroughs.
"It was a very entertaining game," Kohlschreiber said in an interview on the court. "You have Sascha with great service, big gusts, but I am very happy with the variation in my game."
Edited in Spanish by Lucila Sigal