Next Gen fall flat at U.S. Open

03 September, 2018, 20:40 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Federer breezed past Kyrgios

No, it was nearly unreal. On the fourth, Federer snapped off a forehand victor.

Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia congratulates Serena Williams after their fourth round match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

The No.2 seed was leading two-sets when he produced a truly outrageous victor.

For all its bright spots, the first week of this year's US Open has been a weird one, with pot-stirring events happening daily.

After that scream-inspiring hold to begin the final set, Williams broke right away to lead 2-0. It was the on-a-full-sprint, drop-shot-retrieving, flick-from-a-few-inches-off-the-ground, forehand-around-the-net-post, jaw-dropping victor that Federer conjured up a few games from the conclusion of the 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 tour de force in the third round Saturday.

"First of all, I served really, really well today", Thiem said. In the 18-minute shutout of the first set, Kanepi's strokes were off and Williams' were pretty much ideal as she grabbed 24 of 30 points.

Federer took advantage of a drop in focus from his opponent to secure a second consecutive break to increase his advantage at the start of the second set.

Kyrgios had come out firing, but once Federer had saved four break points in the seventh game of the opening set the Australian was at a loss. She then faced a break point, but Kanepi wasted that chance by sending a backhand wide. Roger had 23 service winners and he was the dominant figure in the first and third sets, placing his shots well and breaking Andy's defense with accurate attacks and net rushings.

Next for the 36-year-old American comes a quarterfinal against 2016 runner-up Karolina Pliskova, who beat Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals that year.

"It was not on my mind, but I was pretty close a year ago", Thiem said.

"Is a great feeling", he said.

A backhand victor sent Roger 4-0 in front and he clearly showed the writings on the wall to his rival who beat him in two out of previous three matches.

At night, 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic easily beat No. 26 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in Ashe, while 2014 U.S. Open title victor Marin Cilic met 19-year-old Alex de Minaur in Armstrong in the day's last match.

"I knew how important that first set was", he said. I think I can do a lot more.

A matchup with Thiem would be a rematch of the French Open final, won by Nadal, and their first not on clay.

"You have to be the consistent guy rather than being the flashy guy just because he has a tendency to throw in an odd shot that you just don't normally see on the tour", Federer said, adding his approach was to play, "super consistent and make him hit that one extra ball because when you play like [that] it can work against you". You need to be more dedicated if you want to be there with the big boys.

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