Alexander Zverev impresses again at US Open and Nick Kyrgios calls out Roger Federer

Alexander Zverev backhand

Alexander Zverev has continued his uncharacteristically efficient Grand Slam early-round by beating Nicolas Mahut at the US Open.

The German has built a reputation for failing to deliver at the biggest events so far in his young career, but he absolutely overpowered Mahut with 42 winners.

He’ll be joined in the third round by Nick Kyrgios, who bested Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6 7-6 6-3 6-0.

It was another interesting performance by the Australian, who once gain grew in strength as the match progressed.

He’ll now face Roger Federer in the next round, and it’s a challenge he swears he’s up to.

“It is always fun playing Roger,” Kyrgios said.

“We played each other three times and it has been 7-6 in the third set every time.

“I am looking forward to it. I have got nothing to lose and I am going to go out there and compete my a** off.”

Meanwhile, Mikhail Kukushkin beat Hyeon Chung 7-6 6-2 6-3, while John Millman overcame Fabio Fognini 6-1 4-6 6-4 6-1.

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