Day 4 Preview: Federer, Djokovic, Kyrgios Shoot For Third Round

Arnold Nichols
September 4, 2018

If Federer, who made short work of Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round, gets the job done in the afternoon heat on Arthur Ashe Stadium he could book a third-round meeting with Nick Kyrgios - if the risky Australian gets past France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Two days later, in a tight four-setter, del Potro defeated Federer for the second time at the US Open; he saved four set points in a third-set tiebreaker.

"I'm very happy to be back in NY healthy, last couple of years have been hard so it's nice to be back, feeling really good", Federer said.

He next faces France's Benoit Paire, a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) victor over Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak.

The 21-year-old German won all of his five break points and thumped 10 aces and 18 winners to dispatch his French opponent in one hour and 49 minutes.

Roger Federer says his favorite drinks are cold water and a sparkling glass of champagne. I love coming to play here. It's great to have played also a good first round against an entertaining first-round opponent. For a player who has won the US Open five times, winning a round or two will never be enough.

He would face 13-time major champion Djokovic if each wins three more matches.

As for the players who have to cope with the sweltering conditions, it is all part of the brutal test that is the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year.

Next up for the Swiss is a second-round clash with unseeded Frenchman Benoit Paire. But he said that the US Open was a, "bigger priority" this year.

But he gave the break back in the next game after slamming an overhead into the bottom of the net on game point.

"He would have tied Sampras with 14 Grand Slams and he's six years younger than Roger Federer". That's what I meant with it.

While Federer was largely untroubled, there was a hint of danger in the first set which required him to dig deep to avoid any potential problems.

But he regained his composure to wrap up victory and continue his flawless first-round record at Flushing Meadows.

Federer dominated in the second set but the battle was on again in the third, with Davydenko having a break on three occasions, unable to materialize any of those advantages! Federer raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set as well as his dominance continued to grow more and more as the game progressed.

The WTA has a heat rule allowing women a break between the second and third sets. - Azarenka, a two-time U.S. Open runner-up, discussing a chair umpire's mistaken warning to a female player for changing her shirt on court during a match.

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