Nick Kyrgios’s finest season continues to get finer, and on Sunday he defeated No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, the defending U.S. Open men’s singles champion, 7-6 (11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, with a deeply convincing display of power and finesse to achieve his first quarterfinal in Recent York.
Sunday’s fourth-round match was played at breakneck pace and peaked by way of mutual quality of play in its torrid opening set. Each men appealed to the sellout crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium for support and each saved three set points before Kyrgios secured it after 63 minutes.
But though Medvedev, who will lose his No. 1 rating after the U.S. Open, rebounded to win the second set, Kyrgios quickly took command, breaking serve within the fourth game of the third set after Medvedev jumped out to a 40-0 lead. Kyrgios, a flamable Australian who threw his racket several times in frustration on Sunday, controlled the large points and his own service games from there and finished off the victory together with his twenty first ace.
“I’m just glad I’m finally capable of show Recent York my talent,” Kyrgios said in his on-court interview.
When it comes to seedings it was an upset. Medvedev is No. 1. Kyrgios is No. 23. However it didn’t feel like an upset. Kyrgios now leads their head-to-head series 4-1 and has been playing probably the most consistent quality tennis of his profession in recent months at age 27.
He reached his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon in July, losing an in depth match to Novak Djokovic, and backed that up by winning the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. last month and by beating Medvedev within the second round of the National Bank Open in Montreal.
But for Kyrgios, despite his serve and fast-court skills, the U.S. Open has long been a stumbling block. In eight previous appearances, he had not been past the third round. This yr, he’s into the quarterfinals with a high-quality likelihood to go further. His next opponent might be Karen Khachanov, the No. 27 seed from Russia. The opposite quarterfinal in the highest half of the lads’s draw will match No. 13 Matteo Berrettini of Italy against No. 5 Casper Ruud of Norway.
Not one of the 4 has won a serious singles title, and if Kyrgios can maintain the extent he displayed on Sunday, he’s actually a threat to any man still in contention on the U.S. Open.
“I need to go all the best way, and hopefully it’s possible,” Kyrgios said.