Second seed Roger Federer overcome a frustrated Benoit Paire 7-5 6-4 6-4 at the U.S. Open on Thurs . to set up a third-round match from Nick Kyrgios.
Despite the win Federer had been far from flawless, especially in the lastly set when he saw any 4-1 lead evaporate and droped 5-4 behind due to some uncharacteristically terrible serving.
But he bounced back to see off the bearded Frenchman, who worked erratically throughout the match – loud wildly, tossing his racquet and kicking the ball after sending it to the net.
“It’s different,” Federer claimed of playing the unstable Paire, who was at times brilliant however managed 47 unforced errors together with 11 double faults from the two-hour affair.
Federer, who double faulted triple and committed 13 unforced problems in the third set, accepted he was not at his / her best but was pleased to advance.
“It was a bit sort of up and down,” he said.
“I think it’utes always tricky against Benoit. There’utes a lot of tactics going on. Certainly not quite the same point.”
“Often he plays very profound in the court, then he plays up in the court. That’s maybe the reasons why you draw errors out of oneself rather than winners at the end,” he was quoted saying.
“The match maybe doesn’testosterone look so good.”
Next up for the 37-year-old is actually a hotly-anticipated clash with Australia’s Kyrgios, whom recovered to beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert earlier on Thurs night.
“We’ve had some brutal matches over the years. We enjoy participating in against each other,” said Federer.
“Bigger one of the best serves in the game along with he’s super talented.”