The Australian beats the world number one in 4 sets, who risks losing the lead at the end of the Grand Slam
Nick Kyrgios’ star has eliminated defending champion Daniil Medvedev from the US Open and into the quarter-finals. This is the match referee, by far, the most awaited in the tournament which the Australian won 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. A win worthy of a lot from all points of view: He’s the second straight Australian to also defeat Medvedev in the second round of the Canadian Open at the start of August (now, the head-to-head comparison series sees Nick lead by four wins to 1). But above all it is a confirmation of the excellent summer of the Australian who, with this result, returned, along with the Wimbledon final, to the top 20 in the world. For Medvedev, on the other hand, the end of the 10-game unbeaten run at Flushing Meadows and the certainty that he is no longer the No. 1 in the world at the end of the tournament, a mace will pass into their hands. Nadal, Alacaraz or Rod.
An overly focused Kyrgios started the match with attacking, and immediately earned two break points that Medvedev already worried about was thwarted by the situation. At the score 3-2 there is the first single by Kyrgios who shows all his genius to sign the first half of the match. But the Russian was ready to strike back, Turbo fired the rear kick and regained the break. There were no more concussions until the tiebreak, if not a small spark between Kyrgios and referee Asderaki due to 25 seconds. In the game that decides the first break, Kyrgios starts flying 4-1 and then 5-3, but the first to reach the set point is the Russian. Medvedev fails to defeat his opponent, he lost three specific points, and Kyrgios wasted 3 points, but the fourth (the second in his service) is correct and the set ends 13-11 for Nick. In the second half of the second set, Kyrgios pulled the plug: he made three double faults and in the next match threw a ball wildly towards the runway when it fell 3-0. Fortunately, it hinges on the handrail, otherwise the risk of disqualification would be too high. Now the set is over, in 4-1 Kyrgios loses the crossbar again, and risks returning to the set due to the sudden drop of Medvedev, who is struggling to hold on and equalize the number of sets by winning the break for 6-3 in the third set set him back the show at the highest level. Kyrgios cannot be deterred so much that he commits an invasion as well, then in the fourth game recovers from 40-0 and snatches serve from Medvedev. The Australian holds up, at 5-3 not shivering and with a combination of serve and forehands, he advances two sets to one. And in the third game of the fourth set, Kyrgios extends again, saves the ball in the first half and flies undisturbed to serve the match ahead with a score of 5-2. The ace, the last match, ends the match after two hours and 53 minutes of the show.
In the end, Medvedev was left with nothing but the personal mini-battle of the Aces (22 to 21) and the positive balance between aces and a double fault (2 Russian and 7 Australian): in all other stats it was Kyrgios who won. Served much earlier (71% against 59%), who netted several times and with better earnings (29 points on 47 points against 10 points out of 17) and who made more winners (53 vs. 19). In the quarter-finals, Nick Kyrgios is waiting for Russian Karen Khachanov, who defeated Spain’s Pablo Karina Busta in 5 sets (4-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-3, the result in 3 hours and 21 minutes).
back in the top 20
This success saw Kyrgios return to the top 20 in the world. The Australian actually rises to 18th in the world with a goal, if victorious, in the top 10. Instead, Medvedev would leave the world number one spot in the hands of Nadal, Alacaraz or Ruud. If Nadal beats Tiafoe tonight, Alcaraz Rode will only be able to get past Rafa by winning the championship.
Sep 5, 2022 (change on Sep 5, 2022 | 08:36)
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