Nadal, Anderson Win US Open Thrillers; Federer v Kyrgios On Super Saturday
by Staff | September 1st, 2018, 12:40 am
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2017 finalists were nearly pushed to the very brink today at the US Open. In matches going on simultaneous indoors on Ashe and Armstrong, defending champion Rafael Nadal was in a heap of trouble against the young Russian Karen Khachnov. The 22-year-old powerful Khachanov was pounding groundstrokes and push Nadal. But up a set and serving for the second (Rafa has never come from two sets down to win a hard court match), Khachanov blinked, Nadal grabbed the next three games to level.

With the roof closed, it was far from over as Khachanov, who was 0-4 against Nadal, wouldn’t go away. Thanks in part to three double faults, Nadal took a thrilling breaker 9-7 in the third, then had a break but failed to serve out the match. Khachanov returned to life but Nadal got the job done with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(7), 7-6(3) win.

At 4 hours, 23 minutes, it was Nadal’s longest match of his US Open career.

“He’s improving always,” Nadal said of Khachanov. “He’s young. He has everything. He’s a great player. I really see him winning a lot of matches in his tennis career. He does a lot of good things. He has a great future to come. For me personally, of course, it was a physical, demanding match. It was a mentally demanding match. That’s why we practise every day, to play these kind of matches in a great atmosphere in front of an amazing crowd.”

Khachanov praised Nadal.

“I gave everything what I had,” Khachanov said. “I think everybody saw it. I’m proud of myself that I could play a good game today, fight til the end. Just a few points difference that it could go another way.

“Big respect to Rafa. That’s why he’s No. 1 in the world, such a great fighter. I’m just happy about my performance. I hope to keep going that way.”

On Louis, former finalist Kevin Anderson and Denis Shapovalov were going toe-to-toe. But at 6-foot-8, Anderson’s toes are bigger, and the South African got the break in the fifth while then teen went 0-5 on break points in that final set. Anderson won it 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

“Definitely tricky playing somebody who you haven’t played before,” said Anderson. “Obviously I watched him playing a lot. Actually practiced with him a few weeks ago in Toronto. The match is always different, but you have a sense of what’s going on.

“It was really important for me to obviously get that break in the second and turn things around a little bit. I think that sort of put the match with me in control. But, of course, it ended up being really close at the end with him coming back in the fourth. I thought it was great tennis throughout. It was an incredible atmosphere. Really had to dig deep to get through that one.”

Anderson will meet Dominic Thiem on Sunday. The Austrian won a tough four-setter over Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-4. Thiem also beat Fritz last year, but he’s just 1-6 against Anderson.

Nikolaz Basilishvili beat Guido Pella in four sets to reach his first Grand Slam fourth round. He’ll be Nadal’s next opponent. Rafa destroyed the Georgian losing just one game 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 at the 2017 French Open.

While Shapovalov fell, Milos Raonic followed and got past 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-3. Wawrinka had outplayed Raonic early on and led with a mini-break in the first set breaker, but Raonic came up with the shots when needed and gained momentum that he never let go. Raonic never lost serve firing 14 aces in the win.

Raonic meets fellow big man John Isner who took out Dusan Lajovic 7-6(8), 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-5 behind 34 aces. Isner has lost serve just two times in three matches, Raonic three times.

“He seems to be playing very well,” Isner said of Raonic. “I think back to his level of a few years past. I mean, I have the utmost respect for him. I think he’s an excellent player, he’s proved that his whole career.
“It will be a tough match certainly. We’ve played a handful of times. Matches between us are inherently close, as you can imagine.”

Borna Coric ended the 8-match win streak of Daniil Medvedev with a convincing 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win. He’ll get 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro who beat Fernando Verdasco in three sets.

The third round finishes Saturday with Roger Federer taking on Nick Kyrgios. Federer leads 2-1 but all three of their meeting have gone to a final set breaker. This will be their first clash in a Slam.

“I think his slice return, his chip return, is the best the game has ever seen,” Kyrgios said of Federer’s best shots. “There has never been a better chip return ever. I think if you took that shot away, he wouldn’t be as good because he neutralizes big serves as well. He turns it into pretty much instant offense.

“His serve and first shot unbelievable, very unpredictable. And he’s unbelievably efficient. Never gets tired, doesn’t seem like it. His movements are so efficient. He’s just, yeah, those would be the three things. He’s efficient, serve and first ball, and chip return.”

And Novak Djokovic also returns under the lights against Richard Gasquet. Djokovic has won 12 of 13 on the Frenchman and he’s taken 16 of his last 17 on the tour.

Alexander Zverev takes on countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber for a fifth time and Marin Cilic battles teen Alex De Minaur.


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60 Comments for Nadal, Anderson Win US Open Thrillers; Federer v Kyrgios On Super Saturday

j-kath Says:

Thanks to TX posters on other thread for bringing the Rafa match alive… and congrats to both players who were so competitive. Hey, Rafa fans – you must have bit your nails to the flesh so hope next match for Rafa is more comfortable.

Today’s most anticipated match is without doubt Roger’s against the mercurial Nick – will it be a damp squid or will it be closely contested by both players?


Margot Says:

Let’s hope Lahyani isn’t on duty kath…;)


Margot Says:

Eek Giles! What’s up with your laptop? I suppose you can’t have too much of a good thing. ;)


j-kath Says:

Margot: Really is a good question. Trying to imagine if I were the Authority what would I do. Demonstrate my confidence in Lahyani – would be the bold move….however, Roger may have had a word…..

….not long to wait.


AndyMira Says:

Hope Rog will teach some valuable lessons to this spoiled brat today!

Rog in 4…


Daniel Says:

Wow, I think Kyrgios just set the record for fastest game, 39 seconds.


Daniel Says:

Serve contest so far. Federer awful in second serve points won 0/5.

Kyrgios 2 games hasn’t lost a point on serve and no DF.


Daniel Says:

Jees, 0/7 second serve, he won’t win a single point?!?! WTF


Daniel Says:

Finally he wins a second serve, on BP. 1 more to go.


Amit Says:

Heart attack mode #FedFanThing


Daniel Says:

Great hold from 0-40 down, 4-3. Time tout returns on curt. Maybe Kyrgios will few the missed opportunities as he played 2 BP’s on Fed’s second serve, which he are dominating


Daniel Says:

Fed won 1 points on return so far. Hope he can do a better job if he pushes a tiebreak.

See the difference today, no DF so far by Kyrgios whereas last match he made 10 in first 2 sets.


Daniel Says:

Lol I think Fed just tried to hit Kyrgios with 1st serve when he saw Kyrgios coming in crazy to return inside the court. The serve was out by more than 3 feet and almost hit Nick.


FedExpress Says:

fed you beauty


Daniel Says:

Great return on SP. 1 set in the nag and serving first second


Daniel Says:

Another break. Now the second serve dynamics shifted and Kyrgios is not able to win a point on his s2nd serve anymore. Fed won just 10 points on serve but in both games he broke.

Now hold and get the 3-0 lead.


FedExpress Says:

Clutch clutch


Daniel Says:

Third straight game Fed with BPs’. 15-40


Daniel Says:

Uhuu, 3 straight games, 4-0 serving for 5-0. Just what he needed from Maestro


j-kath Says:

Andy Mira: Wow – You feelin’ aggressive this evening? Looks like Roger feeling the same.


FedExpress Says:

This Federer has every chance to win the title.

Can he keep it up.


Daniel Says:

Show now. Tennis lessons. Everything clicking for Fed and Kyrgios not serving as he can.


Daniel Says:

When he was 1 point away from Bagel he than fire 4 first serves, 2 aces.


FedExpress Says:

Kyrgios will only ball bash from now on

Fed has to keep the focus now.

Wow. After saving 4 BPs Fed got another life. Different player all together


FedExpress Says:

One thing i learned from the anderson match. One should not get overexcited.


Daniel Says:

Fed making magic! Even Kyrgios were laughing


Daniel Says:

Entertaining match with a lot of great net exchanges. Kyrgios abusing drop shots and half volleys.


jatin Says:

What a fun set this has been. Epic shot making by both. That 3-3 game was one of the most entertaining game I have even seen. :)


Daniel Says:

I smell a tiebreak, Fed needs to be extra careful to finish this in three.


Daniel Says:

Yeah jain, that game was insane.


Amit Says:

I have to say Federer’s rivals are incredibly lucky that he isnt 25 years old anymore or else i cant imagine what ignominy he would have meted out to them if he had his peak years’ (pre-30) legs and mental focus right now!


Van orten Says:

Where is Layani when nick needs him most ?


FedExpress Says:

that ill advised drop shot cost Kyrgios the game when he was 40-15 ahead.


Daniel Says:

Hope Djoko also wins, Can’t see Fed losing to Millman so Fed x Djoko QF blockbuster is almost here,


jatin Says:

The way Fed returned those 136 mph kyrgious bombs time after time today reminds me of the way he used to return roddick’s bombs. It was classic Federer all the way.
What a sight :)


Amit Says:

F#$k Kyrgios!!!
Long Live Champ!!! 😍😍😍🙌🙌🙌

It is not just a win, it’s a statement: do not count me out just yet..

Allez Federer!!!

Andy Mira

So great to see you wishing Fed success against Sick Kyrgios!! 😀😀😀


Amit Says:

AM

How are you btw? 🙋 i just so wish Fedal keep winning slams for many more years! #FedalRock 🙌🙌🙌


jatin Says:

Yes Daniel.
And I am pretty sure this time Fed will bring his return game against Novak. He is playing Far better than Cincy in every way. Faced 2 quality and tricky opponents so far and handeled them really well.
Hope he will continue this form going forward.

Now looking forward to Novak vs gasquet match. Hope it will be competitive and entertaining.


Amit Says:

Thiz was the most enjoyable Fed win for me against any #ick since a long time… 😎😎😎


Amit Says:

Daniel jatin fedexpress madmax and all other Fed fans:

Hola and Cheers!!! 🙋🙋🙋🙌🙌🙌😍😍😍


Tennis Lover Says:

SO called bogus expert should swallow their spits for their arrogant and dastardly prediction about the end of Federer. However, as someone said, we need to maintain our clam and allow our champion to grow in confidence to destroy the overrated Djokovic.


Amit Says:

Tennis Lover

Love your post, lolzzz 😈😈😈


skeezer Says:

Fed was in Fed mode, including a ridiculous around the net post shot that made Nicks jaw drop. Stellar win for the Maestro.
He has done well in Uniqlo also, who has re designed their tennis since Novak days look. All in all a good day👍


Daniel Says:

And only Fed and DelPo reach 4th round without losing a set. Cilic can also join them.

Nadal lost set, Djoko lost 2. Zevrev is about to go down 1-2 and have to play another 5 sets in Slam.


RZ Says:

I’ve always liked Kohlschrieber. Let’s see if he can pull this off.


Daniel Says:

Sousa eliminates Poullie with an awesome MP. Poullie served for 4th set and Sousa fight it back to another tiebreak.

Zverev let the lead slip in 4th set but has BP again now to break back for 4-2 and serve


AndyMira Says:

JK….Hahahaha….Yeah,you’re right!…I am feeling AGGRESSIVE!…But..not just last nite,NOWADAYS too!….I’m just sick & tired of everythings!….And Nicky!…Oh God!…I’ve had enough of his antics!!

Amit….Hey hey hey my Bro!!….Hahaha…I’m fine,TQ mucho for your words Amit!!…I hope you’re more than okay too!!…Judging from Rog’s scores??The match was aired at 3,4am my time,so from little time i peeked on it…WOW!…That was a truly truly Great Champ perfomance!!Ohohohoho!!…Congrats to Rog & to u & other Fedfans as well for another great win!!…


Daniel Says:

Zverev broken again, Seems he is going down, Kohls is pretty solid today.


j-kath Says:

AndyMira: Did Nicky do something naughty tonight? I know Fed. won but other than that I’ve been watching “Go Girl” a latish film on BBC – so got too gripped to pull away (as no ads.). Sorri to hear you are pretty fed-up – must be Okie + Willow’s absence. Feel better soon – it’s good to be well and healthy…so hope you and your family are.
Nightie night.


Daniel Says:

Zverev was 3-0 and now risking a moral bagel down 3-5 MP


Daniel Says:

And he is down. Another Salm and another early exit. Seems this will hunt him for quite sometime still. Lendl has a lot of work to do.

Today he was too passive.


Daniel Says:

New Armstorng court is the graveyard for top seeds this year.


AndyMira Says:

JK…Thank u so much for the good words & wishes from u!…And i wish u all the same k?

Bout Nicky…When he didn’t have an antics?He always has it!hahaha…As a tennis lover,i just want to appreciates & watch a good & serious tennis matches…I’m sorry,but i can’t appreciates what Nicky brought onto court…Imo,it’s not tennis… just a cheap show…


AndyMira Says:

Oh!…Hope u will have a good nite sleep JK!…Sweet dreams!!


Van Persie Says:

Good win by Djoko. Plays better and better.
Fed did good. Expected a bit more from Nick, my mistake :)
QF Nole- Fed most likely.Zverev Jr out. Marin also on his way out. Can he make a come back in this match?


Van Persie Says:

De Minaur is saving the Aussie tennis.


RZ Says:

Bracket update: Joshua and I are tied at the top. All of Joshua’s QF picks are still in whereas I am down one, so most likely by the next round I will drop down.


Mystic - Willow Says:

J-Kath @ September 1st 7.39 pm, im begining to doubt that somehow ….


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