The New Yorkers plan to spend their Saturday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium as the excitement filled showdown between the Australian ace, Nick Kygrios and the Swiss Legend, Roger Federer in the third round of the US Open tournament.
After the comfortable straight-sets match in the first two rounds and delivering his 18th-second victory at the Flushing Meadows. He might endeavour for while in his round-of-32 tussle against Kygrios in their first ever major encounter in the New York City.
Federer is playing his first Grand Slam as a 37-year-old has met Kygrios thrice in his career and has pulled off his victory two times against the 30th seed. Interesting, they have played nine sets against each other and eight of them ended with a tiebreaker.
Their three meetings are as follows:
Madrid, 2015: Kyrgios won 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (12) in the round of 32.
Miami, 2017: Federer won 7-6 (9), 6-7 (9), 7-6 (5) in the semi-finals.
Stuttgart, 2018: Federer won 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the semifinals.
Nick Kyrgios’ and the chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani’s pep talk has grabbed the headlines. Lahyani’s on-court coaching and interaction with the Australian states the violation of the rules in professional tennis. However, the Swede, Lahyani continuous his job at USTA.
The five-time US champion was displeased to hear about the incident on the court. he would definitely avenge for the same with his Wilson weapon.
The 23-year-old is excited to play the living legend, Federer in Grand Slam. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Kyrgios said. Kyrgios is aware of the American crowd supporting the World Number 2 over him. But nevertheless, he will step onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium with no expectations. In addition to that, he is confident about overpowering the Swiss maestro.
Its been ten years now for Federer now when he had last lifted the trophy at Flushing Meadows. His victory in the year 2008 remarked his fifth consecutive triumph in the US Open.
The second seed has great regard for the upcoming generation of tennis. He compares the 2008 Federer to the upgraded present-day version of Federer when interrogated upon which form of Federer would win the match against Kyrgios.
“I really hope that this guy would win today just because I feel like I’ve improved many things over the years,” Federer said. “I’m a more complete player than I was back then. I feel like the game has evolved, as well. I always feel the next generation is always better than the last one.”
The Swiss maestro is looking forward to bagging his 21st major title and is involved in the race to the year-end World Number one ranking. He considers 2018 American major to be a critical event in his career. “This year I came really early to New York to prepare before Cincinnati because I felt like it’s maybe one of these years where it could be hot,” he said.