US Open : Federer , Djokovic Quarterfinal Showdown Looming


There were few dull moments as Roger Federer took care of Nick Kyrgios in straight sets yesterday at the US Open and stayed on course for a potential quarterfinal matchup with Novak Djokovic , who also won in straight sets .
Federer , who fended off four break opportunities in a sluggish first set , eventually ran away with the match 6- 4 , 6 - 1 , 7- 5 to reach the fourth round for the 17 th time in 18 attempts .
The world No . 2 hit 51 winners, none more specular than his running flick shot around the net post late in the third set that sent the fans into a frenzy . Even Kyrgios stopped to appreciate the moment.
“ Yeah , it was unbelievable, ” Kyrgios said afterward . “I ’m probably going to place it on Instagram . ”
Federer later explained that it was one of the more “unique ” shots in his career.
“ Like I explained on court, you don ’t get an opportunity to hit around the net post very often because in practice , you , I mean , you can’t really train them ,” he said . “The net is out further, and the court is more narrow, so for a shot like this to happen in a practice , you will be running into a fence , and you will hit it into the net.
“ I have hit a few throughout my career, and sure , they are always fun. … As you ’re hitting it , you ’ re like , ‘ Oh, I can just shove it down the line and just flat . ’ That ’s what happened today . ”
Today , Federer will take on Australian John Millman for a spot in the quarterfinals .
Djokovic was efficient in a 6 - 2 , 6- 3, 6 - 3 victory over No . 26 Richard Gasquet . He saved all five break points he faced and is now 13 - 1 for his career against Gasquet , including 11 wins in a row .
Djokovic has won two of his 13 Grand Slam titles at Flushing Meadows . He ’ll face 68 th - ranked Joao Sousa of Portugal in the fourth round Monday . Win that, and a meeting with Federer could be next .
“ Look , I know that I ’m the clear favorite in the match,’’ Djokovic said . “ At the same time I will try to maintain the level of focus and performance and level of tennis that I ’ve had today . ’’
Also Saturday , two seeded men lost in the afternoon to unseeded opponents : No . 4 Alexander Zverev and No . 17 Lucas Pouille. Zverev has never made the fourth round in visits to New York after being beaten 6 - 7 (1 ), 6 - 4 , 6- 1 , 6 - 3 by Philipp Kohlschreiber in an all -German matchup , while Joao Sousa defeated Pouille 7- 6 ( 5) , 4- 6 , 7 - 6 (4 ) , 7 - 6 ( 5) .
US Open : Federer , Djokovic Quarterfinal Showdown Looming US Open : Federer , Djokovic Quarterfinal Showdown Looming Reviewed by Youngblogger on 02 September Rating: 5

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