Federer beats Kyrgios to reach last 16 of US Open
Five-time champion Roger Federer withstood early pressure to beat Australian Nick Kyrgios in three sets and reach the US Open last 16.
Federer, 37, saved four break points in a mammoth seventh game in the first set, going on to hold and then break at 5-4 for the opener.
After that, Kyrgios lost focus as Federer wrapped up a 6-4 6-1 7-5 win in one hour 44 minutes.
The Swiss second seed will next face Kyrgios’ compatriot John Millman.
Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slam titles, has not triumphed in New York since 2008.
After losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, he took a break from competitive action as he made regaining the US Open crown a “bigger priority”.
So far it has paid dividends as he has reached the last 16 for a 17th successive time without dropping a set (not including 2016 when he missed the tournament).
Kyrgios, the 30th seed, failed to go beyond the third round at Flushing Meadows for a sixth time.