"He should have hit a normal forehand in the open court and he chooses to go for sort of the drop shot, which at the end cost him the match", Federer said. He doesn't have a coach and wondered aloud, during the latest in a long line of news conferences that sound more like therapy sessions, whether he should add one - or perhaps someone who could help with the mental aspect of the game.
"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 definitely think it was a special one, no doubt about it, ' he commented. "But that's just how he plays".
But the tide quickly turned in Federer's favour when Kyrgios could not convert any of four break chances at 3-3 in first.
'I think there is a lot more things to explore. The way he behaves on court. "I was just happy to get through it".
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Vondrousova, through to a Grand Slam third round for the first time, will play Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko, who defeated Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-4, 6-0 after taking out Wozniacki in the second round.
Thiem prevented a rematch of last year's U.S. Open final by eliminating 2017 runner-up and No. 5 seed Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (2). After significant outcry, the US Open clarified its change-of-attire policy, saying, "All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair".
The match is the feature night fixture on Arthur Ashe Stadium, getting underway around 11am Tuesday AEST. There he beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3 to claim his place in the second week.
Zverev, the 21-year-old sensation who has lifted titles in Munich, Madrid and Washington this year and reached finals in Miami and Rome fell, 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 to veteran compatriot Philippe Kohlschreiber.
Djokovic could meet Federer in the quarterfinals.
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Federer's emphatic victory set up a last-16 meeting with another Australian, unseeded journeyman John Millman, on Monday. Maria Sharapova's name recognition made her upset of Jelena Ostapenko a little less notable than it may have been otherwise, but No. 4 Angelique Kerber was also ousted by No. 29 Dominika Cibulkova, absolutely draining the women's side of top Grand Slam experience.
"I knew how important that first set was", he 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". Federer's reward was a very winnable-looking fourth-round match against another Australian - the less gifted but more focused John Millman.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts during his men´s singles third round match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on Day Six of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2018.
He had the great Swiss down love-40 in the seventh game, Federer needing to stave off four break points to keep the Australian at bay after a ferocious early fight.
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