US Open 2018: Federer surges forward, Kerber knocked out
Roger Federer continued his bid for a 21st Grand Slam as he swept past Nick Kyrgios. The Swiss ace left the Aussie stunned with some mind blowing shots to suggest he is here to stay. Meanwhile, there were a few upsets on Day 6. Men's 4th seed Alexander Zverev was stunned alongside women's singles Wimbledon 2018 champion Angelique Kerber. Here are the updates.
The world number two beat Kyrgios 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 to reach the round of 16. Federer acknowledged that his stretching forehand winner around the net is definitely one of the best shots of his career. Federer's shot had left Kyrgios open-mouthed in disbelief. "You can't train for that," said Federer after his astounding shot. Federer's performance made Twitterati go berserk.
Without sounding like a fanboy, congrats to @rogerfederer today. Too good on the day, GOAT. Good luck extending that lead, go get 21. Everyone else, thanks for the support during @usopen sorry I couldn’t get it done today. #MuchLove ❤️🙏🏽— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) September 1, 2018
Djokovic is well on course to meet Federer in the quarter-final. The Serb beat France's Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. He will next face Joao Sousa, who beat Lucas Pouille of France 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber stunned 4th seed Zverev 6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. Australian John Millman, who will face Federer next, beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
There were two major upsets on Day 6 as far as women's singles were concerned. Kerber was beaten 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 by Slovak 29th seed Dominika Cibulkova. Aryna Sabalenka then beat Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-1 in straight sets. Last year's finalist Madison Keys beat Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Naomi Osaka was in supreme touch as she beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 6-0.
Russian tennis sensation Maria Sharapova's love affair with New York City nights continued. She overcame Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the 4th round. She is now undefeated in 22 matches held at night in the US Open.