Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 6-1 Steve Darcis. Game, set and match. Federer wraps up an absolutely frightening performance on Ashe with, of course, a love service game. The maestro is moving through.
Steve Darcis - Roger Federer
US Open men - 4 September 2015
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Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 5-1 Steve Darcis. Some great serving from Darcis and he pulls off perhaps the impossible, holding off the seemingly inevitable bagel and allowing the champion to serve it all out.
Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 5-0 Steve Darcis. In the blink of an eye, Federer slots down a few serves to all corners of the court. A few seconds later, he's back in his seat with a 5-0 lead.
Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 4-0 Steve Darcis. With a shrug of his shoulders, Federer flits to the net a couple of times, plays a few more wondrous volleys and breaks easily. He's two games from putting poor Darcis out of his misery.
Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 3-0 Steve Darcis. Federer seemingly flirts with danger just for something to do. The second seed falls down break point, only to produce a glorious inside out forehand straight onto the line. He calmly wraps the rest of the set up shortly after.
Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 2-0 Steve Darcis. As every man, woman and child (including Darcis) expected, Federer pounces immediately and takes the break. The Swiss king isn't actually quite as pristine as in the previous sets, perhaps the ambition even beyond his own otherworldly ability at times, but he captures the break with ease.
Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 1-0 Steve Darcis. Federer starts off the third set as he left the previous two – stamping down his authority with an easy, absent-minded hold. In a flash, the pressure is back on the “challenger”.
Roger Federer 6-1 6-2 Steve Darcis. After toying with his prey a little, Federer finally decides to wrap this thing up. In this game, he gave Darcis the opportunity to attack, then retrieved the Belgian's very best strokes and sent them back with ten times as much quality and precision. One more set of torture remains for Darcis.
Roger Federer 6-1 5-2 Steve Darcis. A screaming running forehand down-the-line winner to begin, a sickly sweet sliced drop volley to end. Another demonstration of pure, unadulterated talent from Federer as he wraps up another game.
Roger Federer 6-1 4-2 Steve Darcis. Federer finds his way to break point, before seemingly deciding he wants to prolong his opponent's agony a little while longer. After a few Federer errors stemming from attempting absolutely ridiculous plays, Darcis pulls off a brilliant volley and gets his second game of the set.
Roger Federer 6-1 4-1 Steve Darcis. Another service game, another effort that looks even easier than strolling through a park. This time Federer holds to 15, and he decides to close his service game by hitting a long series of slices to the Darcis backhand. Darcis responds with his own slices before eventually dumping his own into the net. Even when Federer takes all pace off the ball and gives his opponent a chance, he's untouchable.
Roger Federer 6-1 3-1 Steve Darcis. Darcis holds in set two, and almost pauses in complete shock. Even in this game where Darcis found enough service winners to hold Federer off, in the one baseline rally they contested, Federer launched both feet off the ground and planted a perfectly angled balletic bullet of a backhand straight onto the line.
Roger Federer 6-1 3-0 Steve Darcis. What makes an en fuego Federer so impressive to watch isn't merely the quality of his play, but the speed of it too. Once again, in what feels like about 5 seconds flat, the Swiss floats down a few unreturnable serves and holds to love.
Roger Federer 6-1 2-0 Steve Darcis. In a flash, Federer doubles his second set score with the slickest drop shot to break. Federer is dancing around the court, entering whichever section he pleases. Poor Darcis looks like a deer in headlights, and you can't blame him.
Roger Federer 6-1 1-0 Steve Darcis. Federer follows up a triumphant first set with a quick, slick opening game. Countless first serves, every ball finding the perfect centre of his strings. The rout doesn't look to be stopping any time soon.
Roger Federer 6-1 Steve Darcis. First set Roger Federer! The second seed rounds off an effortless set of tennis with some otherworldly court coverage. So far, every facet of the glorious Federer game is clicking so well, and when it does he's untouchable.