Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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

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

"You don't want that (loss) to happen next year".

The 31-year-old asked for a sick bucket at one point during the match as temperatures soared to 38 degrees centigrade, while the humidity was over 50 per cent in the American city.

Carreno Busta, who reached the semifinals a year ago in Flushing Meadows, was unable to duplicate his run, forced to retire from his match because of left thigh pain.

Roger Federer sent something of a shock wave through the tennis world with what he thought was an obvious joke after improving to 18-0 in first-round matches at the U.S. Open.

Back in 2005 and 2006, Roger Federer had dominated the men's game like nearly no one before him, losing just nine matches in total and standing as the main contender for nearly every big title in the calendar.

After wrapping up the second set, Federer continued to be aggressive in the third and again grabbed a double break to lead 4-0.

Paire recovered from 4-2 in the first set on Arthur Ashe Stadium to lead 5-4 but once Federer reeled off the next three games, the writing was on the wall for the bearded French player.

Federer once dominated the men's singles at Flushing Meadows, winning his five titles in a row between 2004 and 2008 in a run of 41 consecutive matches.

"I'm so sorry because I can't finish the match, but anyway, thanks a lot".

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Jelena Ostapenko, who was nearly knocked out by Andrea Petkovic in the first round, will hope for an easier encounter against Taylor Townsend, and Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will hope to continue their winning streaks.

Eight of their previous nine sets have gone to tie-breaks, with Kyrgios coming out the victor in the first of their three matches in Madrid.

Federer will now take on Benoit Paire of France in his third-round match.

The Kazakh beat No23 seed Hyeon Chung, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-3.

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"There's pressure. But, no, never gets old", he added.

Despite missing colossal chances to take both of the opening two sets, Novak was still in the match and he had three break points in the fifth game of the third set. If both decline, play continues.

The Serb sixth seed looked in real trouble in the steamy conditions and admitted to feeling sick during the nearly three hour encounter but recovered to win 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-0.

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