Nick Kyrgios’ spectacular form in 2022
continued in New York as the Australian beat the defending US Open champion
Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the fourth round at Flushing
Meadows. Kyrgios triumphed in two hours and 53 minutes against the world number
one with a stunning performance in front of a capacity crowd at the Arthur Ashe
Stadium to reach his first quarter-final at the US Open.
Kyrgios entered the US Open in the form of
his life, taking the most victories on the tour since Roland Garros in June –
including a second-round win against Medvedev in Montreal in August. The
27-year-old carried that momentum into Sunday’s fourth-round matchup versus the
Russian as Kyrgios broke first to take a 4-2 lead in the opening set. The
Russian, however, broke back instantly to send the first set to a tiebreaker.
Both players spurned their first three set
points in the tiebreak, but Kyrgios eventually made the difference with an
audacious drop shot to take a 1-0 lead. The world number one hit back in the
second set, cruising ahead to a 5-1 lead with a double break and levelling the
scores at one apiece with a crucial hold at 5-3.
Kyrgios’ dominance resumed in the third
set. Despite costing himself a break point opportunity by going on the other
side of the net and playing a foul shot, the Australian broke Medvedev in his
next service game to take a 3-1 lead. The Wimbledon finalist followed that
break with a couple of unrelenting service games to restore his lead at two
sets to one.
Kyrgios sustained this high level in the
fourth set, taking an early break and outmatching his opponent from the
baseline before eventually sealing the victory with his 21st ace of
Kyrgios will now play another Russian,
Karen Khachanov, in the quarter-final at Flushing Meadows, and following his
trip to the Wimbledon final earlier this year, the 23rd seed has a golden
opportunity to make it to the second Grand Slam final of his career at the US
Medvedev, meanwhile, is denied an
opportunity to win his second US Open title in a row. With this defeat, the
Russian will also lose his top spot in the rankings as Rafael Nadal, Carlos
Alcaraz, or Casper Ruud will be number one next week, depending on how the rest
of the action unfolds at the Billie Jean King Tennis Centre in New York.