You'll know when I know - Federer not thinking retirement

Sunday, 02 Sep, 2018

"I felt like it's maybe one of these years where it could be hot", Federer said Thursday. "The first set can be so crucial, so it was definitely key to the whole outcome", the Swiss said.

The five-time victor considers the US Open a huge target this year, especially having come up short at Wimbledon, so he will be keen to deliver another excellent display here and send out a warning message to his rivals.

Federer cruised through the second set without losing his serve and then snagged a 4-1 lead with two service breaks in the third set.

Roger Federer hits to Benoit Paire in a second round match on day four of the 2018 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. He said his game has evolved with the times, and he has a bigger serve than he did back in the day.

The 30th-seeded Kyrgios has played close matches against Federer - victor of a record 20 Grand Slam men's singles title - in all three of their previous meetings.

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.

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The onslaught continued in the second set as Federer raced 3-0 ahead, before he clinically turned three break points for Nishioka into a hold with the help of three aces. He wasted two set points on the return at 5-4 and Roger broke him in the following game to wrap up the win on won serve in game 12 to set the final meeting with the 20-year-old Novak Djokovic.

In other second-round matches, No. 6 seed Novak Djokovic wasted a match point in the third set, before going on to win 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 against Tennys Sandgren.

Kyrgios reached the third round by seeing off France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-0.

Right to the final game, errors mixed it up with some cracking winners on both sides, as both players serving well below 50 percent.

Sixth seed Caroline Garcia, who looked in good form in beating Briton Johanna Konta in the first round, is up against Olympic champion Monica Puig on Grandstand, followed by men's seventh seed Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion, who meets Poland's Hubert Hurkacz. "But, no, never gets old", he added.

The Serb, a two-time champion, faces American Tennys Sandgren, while 2006 victor Sharapova plays Sorana Cirstea.