Federer romps, Murray quiets Kyrgios

Wed Sep 2, 2015 1:16am EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roger Federer glided into the second round on a hot, steamy day at Flushing Meadows, while Andy Murray ushered talented young Australian Nick Kyrgios out of another grand slam event at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

Murray had beaten 37th-ranked Kyrgios in straight sets in their three previous meetings, eliminating him this year from two other grand slams, in the Australian quarter-finals and third round of the French Open.

The third-seeded Scotsman sent Kyrgios packing in the first round after playing straight man to the flippant Australian, who unnecessarily tried 'tweener' shots through his legs and jumped extravagantly on routine forehands that he buried into the net.

"I expected a very tough match, and that's what I got," Murray, 28, said.

But Murray had the last laugh against the clownish Kyrgios as he blasted 18 aces and 46 winners while only committing 23 unforced errors under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Earlier, second seed Federer was the envy of a clutch of men's players made to work overtime in the 90-degree heat by quickly dismissing his opening opponent.

Federer, who has been in sizzling form since reaching the Wimbledon finals, dashed past 34th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-1 6-2 6-2 to launch his campaign for a sixth U.S. Open crown and first slam title since the 2012 Wimbledon.

"I feel good now," said Federer. "I actually wasn't so confident yesterday and today. I just felt like maybe (this)could be one of those matches I just couldn't see coming.   Continued...

 
Roger Federer of Switzerland serves against Leonardo Mayer from Argentina during their first round match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 1, 2015.       REUTERS/Carlo Allegri