‘I knew right away’: Roger Federer reacts to Nick Kyrgios imitating his serve

Federer was aware of Kyrgios’ actions (Picture: TPN/Getty)

Roger Federer revealed he ‘knew right away’ that Nick Kyrgios had imitated his serve during their third-round meeting at the US Open but insists he took it all in good spirits.

The 37-year-old Swiss battled through a tough opening period of the match before exerting his dominance over the 23-year-old Australian, winning 6-4 6-1 7-5 to book his spot in the last-16.

In the opening stages when Kyrgios was at full pelt, he whizzed through a 39-second service game in impressive fashion.

And cheekily, he impersonated Federer’s serving action to great effect, thumping down an unreturned serve.

When asked what he thought of a player imitating his serve during a major, he replied: ‘Well, doesn’t matter if it’s a Grand Slam match or a first round of any other 250 tournament or any place. We have all imitated serves.

‘Sure, it’s unusual to happen against you with your own serve.

‘Yes, of course, I knew right away when he imitates my serve, and I have seen him doing it several times over the last few months.

Kyrgios is a character (Picture: TPN/Getty)

‘Also that he’s been using my serve sometimes to great effect, which I’m very happy to see. It’s a technique that worked. No, I’m joking.

‘It’s good fun. Look, I take it like just as it is. I think in Stuttgart, maybe or some other place, he warmed up against me only hitting my serves. I know it’s about warming up the shoulder.

‘Other guys probably use their own technique. Other guys probably use it differently. It’s all good.’


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