Match begins in about 30 min, unless the women’s match currently in Arthur Ashe goes on and on.
There’s been some ambivalence regarding Federer’s form for sure. This, along with that age, forces everyone to entertain a Federer loss, especially given the nature of sport (anything can happen on any day — that’s why they play the game/match), and the very real danger of his opponent today.
But if we’re ambivalent about Federer’s form, we are downright skeptical about the reigning king of millennial rubbish. If I’m Ivan the Terrible today (last night, etc.), I insist that Federer just stay with this nut-case, wait it out. Sure, a routine win vs the clown would be a wonderful development for the Swiss five-time champ, but this probably gets very ugly out there for Roger. He will need to stay with this kook since the longer the match goes, the closer that wick gets to bringing the ignition to the TNT that is Kyrgios’ emotional swamp.
But Federer may not have a choice in the matter. If Nick has an ounce of pride, he comes out and plays with a genuine competitive spirit, humble in his quest to beat Federer. If that’s the case, his serve is ferocious, his emotions lift him to new heights, etc., he may hit the #2 right off the court. Does he have any pride?
Given Lahyani-gate, and Nick’s world-beater form when he plays a Big 3, one has to think Kyrgios comes-out to kill and impress us with his tennis genius.
We’ll see what the gods have in store. If Federer has some of that genius still in his bag, this would be a fine time to dig it out and show this fool some free tennis instruction.
My bet is on Federer needing to carefully negotiate a longer affair today, needing all the guile and class he can muster to outsmart and out duel this guy ala 2017 Miami (ATP match of the year, FYI).
Yes, we have thoughts on yesterday.
Enjoy the tennis.