Federer, Djokovic Move Closer To US Open QF, Zverev Out; Nadal, Delpo Sun.
by Staff | September 1st, 2018, 11:59 pm
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A Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic Wednesday US Open quarterfinal is almost certainly in the cards now. As for former champions will be very big favorites to win on Monday.

Today, Federer breezed past Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-1, 7-5. Kyrgios had a chance with Federer serving 3-3, 0-40, but the Australian failed to break and really never got any momentum in the match again.

The two had played nine sets before with eight going to tiebreakers, but after the seventh game it was all Federer.

“I think against any big server, 3-All Love-40 is a big game, because it could be that a big server also himself won’t see that many opportunities down the stretch,” Federer said. “That’s what happened for him, too. And I know if I can somehow dig myself out of that game, I don’t know how I got into the Love-40 game, into the Love-40 position, it’s just huge to try to get out of it somehow. Doesn’t have to be pretty. Doesn’t have to be crazy shot-making. Just you have to get back to deuce somehow and maybe you can breathe a bit.”

Kyrgios said things could have been different had he got that early break.

“Got an early break there, and the way I was serving in the first set,” Kyrgios said. “Could have been a different story in the first set. I don’t want to talk about it now. It’s gone. I had the chances and I didn’t take them. Against Roger, you’re not going to get many. I thought I was playing really well in the first set. I was creating a lot of pressure, serving well and had the chance, didn’t take it. That’s what happened.”

Federer now meets another Australian, 29-year-old John Millman who reached his first career Grand Slam fourth round beating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

“It’s a great feeling,” Millman said. “I’m extremely excited. It was a goal of mine to make, you know, second week of a Grand Slam. I have managed to do so. Really looking forward to what lies next, and hopefully it’s good things.”

And he’s not in fear of Federer.

“I did a little bit of training with them after the French Open,” Millman said. “Hit a little bit on the grass. He’s got an aura about him. Definitely a player I’ve looked up to throughout my career. But it’s like anything. I have never been a fan of playing anyone’s reputation. When you go out on court, I think it’s about engaging in a battle. I definitely won’t be, you know, thinking about those things if I play against him.”

In the evening, Djokovic won for a 13th time in 14 tries against Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

“It was the best match of the week so far, without a doubt,” Djokovic said. “One of the best performances I had in the hard court season after Wimbledon.

“I don’t think he was playing bad. He was there. It seemed like he just needed a few points to break through. I was lucky to really save some crucial breakpoints in the third set. If he got back that break, who knows. He was playing well. I thought I was playing on a very high level from the first point. Very, very pleased with the performance.”

Djokovic will now face Joao Sousa who became the first Portuguese player in the US Open fourth round after eliminating Lucas Pouille winning three tiebreakers 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5).

Alexander Zverev fell again to the upset bug at a Grand Slam. So strong in Masters events, Zverev was stunned in four sets by countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. Zverev led 3-0 in the fourth set but couldn’t manage another game as the 34-year-old rolled into his fifth US Open fourth round.

“I think I have variety in my game. Yeah, it was very good today,” Kohlschreiber said. “Was hurting him a lot… [The] difference was, I think, I returned his serve quite well, so I was able to manage all the power and force he had to put many balls back.

“Then I think during the points I played with the right strategy. I played low balls, high balls, lots of angles. I think over the time he got more frustrated. Also the match was, I think, in my favour getting a little bit more physical. We played a lot of long rallies. I’m very happy how everything worked for me.”

Zverev finishes his Grand Slam season underperforming.

“At tour events I lose, as well,” Zverev said. “There’s just more tour events. You probably recognize it less. I lost to Robin Haase last week in Cincinnati. I lost to Tsitsipas in Toronto. Those are not that great losses for me either.

“There’s a lot of focus on the Grand Slams. I’ve obviously done well in Paris, but not at the other Grand Slams this year maybe for different reasons. I mean, Australia, I played against Chung, who played very well. Wimbledon I was still recovering from an injury. Here I played a good opponent. Just couldn’t find my best game today.

Now with Ivan Lendl, the questions and pressure only mount on Zverev to produce.

“It’s a process of, you know, developing,” Zverev said of working with Lendl. “I took him to do well at slams. But this is a process. You can’t expect to kind of immediately see the results. I think the results will come hopefully next year.”

Seeking a first US Open quarterfinal, Kohlschreiber will take on 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori. The Japanese No. 1 edged Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.

David Goffin nearly blew a 4-0 lead in the third but hung on to beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(4) to make his second straight US Open fourth round. Goffin will await the winner of the late match between 2014 champion Marin Cilic and 19-year-old Alex De Minaur who was beating up on the Croatian early on but fell in five sets 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in a match that ended at 2:22am.

On Sunday, the fourth round gets underway with Rafael Nadal returning to Ashe to take on surprise Georgian Nikolaz Basilishvili. Juan Martin del Potro headlines in the evening against Indian Wells semifinalist Borna Coric.

The last American man, John Isner, takes on fellow bomber Milos Raonic and maybe the best match of the day pits 2017 finalist Kevin Anderson against Dominic Thiem.

SUNDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM 12:00 PM
R. Nadal (ESP) [1] vs. N. Basilashvili (GEO)
K. Kanepi (EST) vs. S. Williams (USA) [17]
7:00 PM
S. Stephens (USA) [3] vs. E. Mertens (BEL) [15]
J. Del Potro (ARG) [3] vs. B. Coric (CRO) [20]

LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM 11:00 AM
D. Thiem (AUT) [9] vs. K. Anderson (RSA) [5]
A. Barty (AUS) [18] vs. Ka. Pliskova (CZE) [8]
J. Isner (USA) [11] vs. M. Raonic (CAN) [25]
C. Harrison (USA)/R. Harrison (USA) vs. R. Albot (MDA)/M. Jaziri (TUN)


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80 Comments for Federer, Djokovic Move Closer To US Open QF, Zverev Out; Nadal, Delpo Sun.

Margot Says:

Well played Fed. Schooled Naughty Nick.
Sascha badly needs to attend the Lendl school of slam play. Lots of lessons to be learned. Hope he is a good pupil.
Watching de Minaur taking it to Cilic. Just broke serve in the 5th and promptly got broken right back. Is this a kid who can actually take it to the big players?
Better hop on the de Minaur battlebus quickly! I can see AM is on there already, looking rather smug…;)


alena-ua Says:

“John Millman who reached his first career Grand Slam fourth round beating Ukranian Mikhail Kukushkin”

Mikhail is from Kazakhstan, not Ukraine.


Margot Says:

What a fight from Alex. You sleepy heads are missing a treat!


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

I am watching ;) But I am done afterwards

What a match! I love this kid


Margot Says:

Good, very early morning, VP! Me too, he is terrific.


Margot Says:

And Marin wins in the end! Too much experience. So hoping a bright, bright future looms for Alex.
Good night VP. Sleep tight :) My day begins and I am off to the gym.
#humblebrag


j-kath Says:

Margot: Did U get any sleep at all? And VP sacrificed also her beauty sleep.

Noted AdM evidently played very well – maybe Lendal got the wrong youngster?. As for the other Aussie – he who shall remain nameless – he’s really looking in the mirror and has decided his failures are due to lack of mental fortitude……will he remember that tomorrow?


Madmax Says:

Fed’s match! Wow! Shot of the tournament so far! Have to relive it with the comments here:

‘Are you even from this planet?’ Social reaction to that shot…

US Open reaction to Federer shot

Taryn Bray: MOTION TO NEVER LET ROGER FEDERER RETIRE!

Gerard Ye: How?! Goat or God Roger Federer?

Rob Koenig: That was NAUGHTY from Roger Federer!

Scarface: Out of this world Roger Federer…

Crazyfedfan: You are unreal Roger Federer.

Matt Kreisher: Roger Federer just got one of the greatest shots I’ve ever seen

OurnumberoneRF: Touch of Roger Federer, I mean GENIUS.

Paulina Estrada: OH MY GOD ROGER FEDERER ARE YOU EVEN FROM THIS PLANET?

Oliver Brown: Roger Federer with one of the shots of this or any other year. Just preposterous.

James Stevenson: A mere mortal doesn’t get that. Roger Federer is immortal. No doubt.

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2018/09/roger-federer-nick-kyrgios-shot-us-open-2018/76584/


Andy Mira Says:

M!…..Hehehe…i told u De Minaur kid is special!Yesterday i read he wants to give a stern test to Marin & i knew immediately he wants to produce something special today…But his next opponent is sure not easy M!…Can’t wait!!


Andy Mira Says:

Ooppss!!….Heh heh!Please ignore my last line…Got distracted & didn’t mean to post that!..hehe…


Giles Says:

Lol. He had to wait till age 37 to produce a great shot?!


skeezer Says:

Giles,
Apparently you don’t know who invented the successful tweener. You know, the shot Rafa has tried(mostly unsuccessfully) to copy cat from the Maestro. Or the OH off an OH. Where you been dude? These shots did not happen during school hours.
—-
@Margot
Gym?
#impressed👍


Van Persie Says:

Guillermo Vilas is the “inventer” of tweener. Was used successfully also by Yannick Noah, Ilie Nastase and others ;)
Long live Wikipedia :)


skeezer Says:

VP,
And MJ didn’t invent the MW. But he turned unto a winner. So did Fed. Like against Novak.Show me where these other players did.


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

I will try to search. Maybe they do not have on youtube. But no one mentioned Fed was the first to transform it into a winner.


fred stone Says:

“Lol. He had to wait till age 37 to produce a great shot?!”

He’s done this many times.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=w_1hsCmheZI


Van Persie Says:

And Wikipedia mentions Mary Pierce did it ( as a winner, as I understand) at the FO in 2009. So it was before Fed’s UO 2009.


Van Persie Says:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAZaHJsPIVI

Tweeners as winners, before Fed


Van Persie Says:

P.S- correction: Pierce did it in 2000, against Seles


Van Persie Says:

^^ not to forget about your country man Agassi in 1999, Skeezer ;)


Daniel Says:

VP, Yeah several players did it, man and woman but Federer is the one who most consistent used that shot successfully and several times in this last 10 years, popularizing it. The name isGran Willie as Villas created it, but the “ambassador” of that shot is Federer.


Van Persie Says:

Daniel,

Ok, I have no problem to admit, that Roger uses it the most from actual players, even if Monfils does it also very well, but, I had to say, Skeezer was wrong:

“Giles,
Apparently you don’t know who invented the successful tweener.”

I have also no problem to admit, Djoko is not good at this.


skeezer Says:

“..the “ambassador” of that shot is Federer.”
Thanks Daniel. I’ll change it to “the ambassador” not the inventor. I was too fired up off of a ridiculous post saying Fed took 37 years to come up with great shots. My gosh there is tons of youtube vids in his amazing shots!
I will challenge anyone on the invention of the OH off an OH by Fed. Find me a vid of someone else doing that!


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_shots

Until the OH by Fed is not mentioned in the above list, it is like non existent.
Please advise Wikipedia.


skeezer Says:

VP,

Since you have devoted so much time in researching WP to correct me, I’ll let you do the job of correcting them ;)

Federer’s IMPOSSIBLE Shot!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5kPu_m6Y5I


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

Thank you. Amazing shot indeed., but not greatest what I have ever seen. It is subjective, off course ;)

Not my job to get Fed’s “creations” patented. There are tennis analysts, and I trust them off course.


RZ Says:

I enjoyed watching De Minaur yesterday. Outside of Nick Shapo, he may have the most variety od the young guns.


RZ Says:

Oops, should be Nick and Shapo


RZ Says:

Thiem just won 2 points in a row with solid volleys. His net game is coming along.


j-kath Says:

The “shot” – I’ve seen it in doubles – where of course it’s much easier as doubles players can momentarily + sometimes “park” on the tram-lines.


skeezer Says:

For those unawares, Fed has done the ATNS routinely:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqxd6h6N_DE


Margot Says:

RZ: Dom is playing really well! Goooo Team Thiem! Only next gen left?
Skeeze: Am evangelical about the health benefits of exercise. Used to run outdoors, which obviously is much nicer, but one rainy, slippery day I broke my ankle, so these days I reckon it’s safer in the gym.


RZ Says:

Don has only list 1 point on 1st serve in 2 sets. I hope he keeps up his high level of play and wraps this match up quickly.


RZ Says:

Ugh phone typing. Dom has lost 1 point…


skeezer Says:

Dom’s win % on 1rst serve so far 96%? Whoa.


skeezer Says:

Margot,
Any weights?


Margot Says:

Dom on fire. Big Kev hopeless.
Just turned over to Rafa. Looking mighty fine you fans. Just won first 6-3.


Margot Says:

Skeeze: Yes. Tho have tear in my rotator cuff so going easy on arm stuff. Swim regularly too, good for all muscles and joints.


Margot Says:

Much easier for Rafa this round. KK much trickier and more feisty.


RZ Says:

Margot, Coric is still in. Probably youngest guy remaining


Margot Says:

Of course RZ! How could I forget Borna The Bod…;)


Django Says:

Disgusting NK still harassing Donna Vekic. I won’t watch his matches.


Margot Says:

Dom not really “next gen” but Coric certainly is.


RZ Says:

Fantastic performance by Thiem!


Margot Says:

The Dominator turns terminator! Fabulous play in the tie break. Just couldn’t miss today.
Let’s Go Team Thiem! Let’s Go!


RZ Says:

I so thought Dom was going out early this tournament. One of the few players I don’t mind seeing mess up my bracket by doing better than expected. Go Team Thiem!


Daniel Says:

Slow court and Thiem into another QF.

Nadal saving one 15-30 game and now a 0-30 game. 5-4 one game away to set 1st QF clash with Thiem.


Daniel Says:

Wow, Basi attacking and Nadal raised his level and made 2 amazing passing shots back to back. Tiebreak guarantee for him, Basilash serving under huge pressure down 5-6 to force breaker.


Daniel Says:

Basilash BH is insane this set


Daniel Says:

But he is spent. 4 serves and no 1st serve in breaker.


Margot Says:

Fantastic tie break and Brilliant Basil gets a set! OMG!


Anto Says:

Nadal messed up a simple shot to give Basilashvili a set point which he takes it. This was supposed to an easy match. Well given Nadal’s play for far in this tournament and the amount of time he has already spend on court, its safe to say Nadal aint winning this if he is to play against either Djokovic of Federer.


Daniel Says:

VP,

The only shot Djoko is not good at is Smash;-)


Daniel Says:

20 BH winners by Basilashivili, damm!!


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a pint by Basi to set BP, Nadal wrong foot him and he put the ball back with his wrist. Than another BH winner to win


Van Persie Says:

Daniel,

haha…but it does’nt matter. We have the Djokosmash ;) Not patented yet, but it should be ;)

I am surprised about Rafa-Basi at the moment. DelPo looks more and more like the afve on that half of draw.


Daniel Says:

He was 1 pint away in his last serve game to go down 1-4 doubt break, held and went 0-40 on Nadal serve and with an aggressive return breaks back, 3-3.

Will have to hold to keep the lead and add pressure on Nadal


Daniel Says:

Basi is tired but he is going for his shots and 3 out of 4 are getting in.


Daniel Says:

Nadal breaks back right away. 4 games with BP’s


Van orten Says:

It is simple . You need to hit winner after winner after winner and maybe then but only then on a slow court you have a chance of winning v nadal


Daniel Says:

Now he is missing and shots not coming in anymore. Nadal with just 1 UE the entire 4th set. 5-3. Basi will have to make rain now, hold his serve and force Nadal to serve for the match to see if he clicks his shots or Nadal feels some pressure.


Van Persie Says:

Dom has a chance against this Rafa but Rafa will not fall easy.


Daniel Says:

He made his part, Nadal to serve 5-4 for the match.


Daniel Says:

Thiem definitely has a chance and so will DelPo or Coric. He played short a few times, serve not that effective as 1st two rounds and he had some long matches now. If his knees linger also he can be upset. It will take an effort but not the undisputed favorite.

LEt’s see Fed and Djoko next round if they will cruise as they should or have any hicups.


Margot Says:

Rafa looked mighty pleased to get through that one! Well done!


AndyMira Says:

All i can say,’THIS’ Rafa would be eaten alive by Novak!…Even DelPo…I am very very disappointed with his perfomance this last 2 matches…I will say no more…


Van Persie Says:

I am not yet very sure about Nole…The match against Marton did not show much, did not see Djoko vs Tennys and he usually does not have a problem when playing Richard. Sousa could be a bit dangerous, let’s see.


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

Djoko can hit FH and BH winners while doing the splits. He’s the “ambassador” of tehse shots ;)

Who else can do that?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUiBA7ivzCU


Giles Says:

AM. Might be best you say no more!


Daniel Says:

Oddly Isner x Raonic 5th set and no tiebreak, go figure!


AndyMira Says:

Okay Giles!…It’s not my fault if u can’t accept the possibility…Ciao babe!


Daniel Says:

Isner through and he was returning Raonic serve very aggressively.

Can he do a Miami here? USO is his best chance: home, HC and no 5th set. Also he is about to became a father in a few days time.


Daniel Says:

^no long 5th set, as it is a tiebreak…


Colin Says:

Once again Raonic has an injury, apparently picked up during the match. It’s as if his body simply wasn’t made to stand up to the demands of sport. It’s a shame, because he is an exciting player when fit, and his serve is something to behold.

Lots of fuss about Roger’s round-the-netpost shot. Andy Murray’s done that on a number of occasions.


Daniel Says:

Colin,

The thing is it was a short ball, with a get of almost 5 inches from the ground and the shot was flat at 1/3 of the net height. Its a shot I’ve never seen hit like that.

Usually they do it just running to the side after an eagle shot not that short, but that was pretty unique.


Humble Rafa Says:

Mikhail is from Kazakhstan, not Ukraine

Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Russia, etc are the same to Americans. These are differences without a distinction, not worth wasting time to understand the differences.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Andi Mira @ 3.53 pm, would be nice if you had a bit of faith for a change :-/


Mystic - Willow Says:

^ September 2 nd ^ ….


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