When Roger Federer is playing like he was playing Wednesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open, it isn't tennis. It's a demolition derby.
Every time you see him play an especially impressive match, you think he can't get any better than that. Then he does.
He beat poor Richard Gasquet, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, and you wanted to go find the Frenchman, throw your arm around his shoulder and tell him it was OK. It wasn't him. It was Roger Federer.
The last set went so quickly, 23 minutes in a lightning fast 1:27 match, that the packed house of 23,771 never really got into a rhythm of watching, much like Gasquet never really got into a rhythm of playing.
He tried to...