There was no chair umpire to save Nick Kyrgios this time, and Roger Federer showed no quarter.
And so Federer, the best men’s singles player of all time and the No. 2 seed, put a straight-set beating on the polarizing Kyrgios, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It moves Federer on to the fourth round to face unseeded John Millman as the ageless Swiss master looks for his sixth U.S. Open title.
“He played really well today,” Kyrgios said. “I didn’t play my best tennis, but he played really, really well. I couldn’t have done much today.”
Kyrgios made headlines earlier in the week when he was getting badly beaten early in his second-round match and chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani came down and gave him a strange pep talk. It got Lahyani reprimanded by the USTA, but it also helped Kyrgios turn around that match and win.