Nick Kyrgios chose Roger Federer when asked to name the greatest fashion icon in tennis. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, has always had a “pretty clean” style, according to Kyrgios. “I think Federer’s style on the court is pretty clean,” Kyrgios said.
Hubert Hurkacz, who defeated Federer in last year’s Wimbledon quarterfinals, also named the Swiss. “Probably like Bjorn Borg I would say and Roger, always pretty clean,” Hurkacz replied. Having bested Daniil Medvedev, Kyrgios made it clear that his goal was the US Open title.
Unfortunately for Kyrgios, his US Open run ended in the next match, after he fell in five sets to Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals. On Tuesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Khachanov defeated Kyrgios 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4.
After the match, Kyrgios expressed huge disappointment. “Yeah, I just came out flat,” Kyrgios said after the match. “Physically, I didn’t feel very good. Then I ended up feeling very good towards the end of the match.
I’m obviously devastated, but all the credit goes to Karen. He is a fighter. He is a warrior. I think he has served her very well today. He honestly, he’s probably the best server I’ve ever played in this tournament, to be honest, because of the way he hit her points under pressure.
He just played the important points well, there was really nothing in it. I’m devastated, obviously. I feel like it was all or nothing to win, to be honest. I feel like I’ve failed at this event right now.”
Federer will represent Team Europe
Matteo Berrettini expressed his desire to have Roger Federer back on tour and play against him at least once again.
“The reason why I’m here now is Roger. He was my idol when I was growing up. I was cheering for him. So I want him back really badly,” he revealed. “I think (he) was great, is still great for tennis. He brought tennis to even, like, a higher level, just for the stuff he did on court, off court.
Like Serena, I guess, one of a kind, you know?” he added. “I wish him, like, really a speedy recovery, whatever he’s doing to come back. Yeah, I wish I could play like one more time against him,” he said.
Federer is further scheduled to play in front of his home crowd at the ATP 500 tournament in Basel. The tournament is scheduled for October 22-30.