"To play fair and play tough", said Federer on Saturday when asked what he can offer to young players.
Crazyfedfan: You are unreal Roger Federer. He's an unbelievable frontrunner.
"Well, doesn't matter if it's a grand slam match or a first round of any other (ATP) 250 tournament or any place". I don't know. It was just a massive point on top of it, and it was against Andre.
Also that he's been using my serve sometimes to great effect, which I'm very happy to see.
There's no rule mandating that the ball travel over the net for a shot to count, but Federer pointed out that this was not the sort of thing he can try in practice, mainly because there isn't as much room to run wide of the court as in a big arena like Arthur Ashe Stadium, so "you will be running into a fence".
"It's good fun. Look, I take it like just as it is". I know it's about warming up the shoulder.
The cheeky tactics failed to upset the Swiss maestro's rhythm and Kyrgios was gracious in defeat.
"A special one, no doubt about it", declared Federer, who put it up there among his greatest hits, which, considering who we're talking about, is certainly saying something.
Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after beating Benoit Paire of France in a second round match on day four of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Kyrgios was already scrapping to stay in the match when Federer produced a moment of magic.
That included a dazzling Federer forehand from inches off the ground outside the tramlines that fund its way around the net post and had Kyrgios staring in awe.
The third set was a more competitive affair but despite showing good determination to fight off two break points at 3-3 Kyrgios was unable to repeat the feat four games later as Federer broke before securing victory with an ace to take the acclaim from the NY crowd and his watching family. Federer was down love-40 with Kyrgios looking to break service. "Say something else", Kyrgios said towards his box. But all that changed after the vital seventh game of the match. It's hard to play confident when you're rattled.
"Definitely a bit of luck and good feet", said Federer, adding it wasn't a shot he expected to make. "I was creating a lot of pressure, serving well and had the chance, didn't take it".
"Things worked well for me today". It has worked pretty well for Roger Federer.