Nick Kyrgios believes he can learn from Roger Federer if he's to salvage a controversial career which has seen little return on the bags of talent at his disposal.
Serving to stay in the match at 4-5, the Australian handed Federer an opening, which he duly took, pouncing on only his second break point of the match to snatch the first set like a thief in the night.
There was still plenty to keep the Arthur Ashe crowd entertained, especially the forehand that Federer played around the net post in the seventh game of the third set that left Kyrgios open-mouthed in disbelief. Federer would later break Kyrgios' service to win the first set on a backhand victor.
"Definitely a bit of luck and good feet", Federer said of the shot that had Kyrgios wide-eyed at the net.
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"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.
The 37-year-old Swiss chased it down, scooping the ball inches from the concrete and guiding it around the net post from the unlikeliest of positions.
He dominated the second set and the third set was like a highlights reel.
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, said the shot ranked right up there with some of the most memorable of his career, in a group with his smash off a smash by Andy Roddick at Basel in 2002 and a lob flicked over Andre Agassi on break point in Dubai in 2005.
Federer hasn't won the US Open since 2008.
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Federer will be seeking a 13th appearance in the US Open quarter-finals when he plays Australian John Millman, who reached the US Open last 16 for the first time with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin. On the men's side, I can not even think about returning John Isner (6ft 10in/2.08m) or Kevin Anderson (6ft 8ins/2.03m) or somebody like this.
Kohlschreiber next meets 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori, who got past No. 13 Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.
Hours earlier, 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic easily beat No. 26 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 under the lights in Ashe.
Also Saturday, two seeded men lost in the afternoon to unseeded opponents: No. 4 Alexander Zverevand No. 17 Lucas Pouille.
Djokovic saved all five break points he faced to book a meeting with Joao Sousa of Portugal, a 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/5) victor over France's Lucas Pouille.
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Oliver Brown: Roger Federer with one of the shots of this or any other year.