Nick Kyrgios put on another show in the strongest year of his career, which for the first time highlighted his outstanding tennis qualities rather than the scandalous part of the Aussie’s nature.
Nick ousted US Open champion Daniil Medvedev 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a three-hour spectacle that offered viewers everything the not-so-cheap tickets at the New York venue paid for.
Kyrgios is in the quarter-finals and will be looking to reach the title match at a second consecutive Slam after doing so at Wimbledon and losing to Novak Djokovic.
The Australian achieved two things with his victory – he guaranteed that there will be a new champion in New York, as well as he knocked the Russian from the first place in the ranking. From Monday, it will most likely be Rafael Nadal, but it is possible that Casper Ruud or even the young Carlos Alcaraz will step on the top, depending on the development of the tournament until the final.
The first set this morning was a feast for the eyes of the neutral spectator, going into a tiebreak which Kyrgios won 13-11. In it, Medvedev dropped three set points and Nick four before closing out this part.
Daniil’s response was lightning-fast, taking the set back, but again, as in Montreal at the Masters a month ago, Nick emerged victorious by imposing his aggression and directly looking for winners.
22 against 21 aces for Medvedev was one of the interesting statistics, but in the case of direct hits that led to points (exactly mentioned winners) the result is 53:49 for Kyrgios.
Overall – equal stats and subtle details that decided a big game.
In the quarterfinals, the Australian will meet another Russian – Karen Khachanov, who beat the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, who is in excellent form, in a five-set show – 4:6, 6:3, 6:1, 4:6, 6:3 (in three hours and 23 minutes).
The other clear quarter-final is Casper Ruud v Matteo Berettini. The Italian had a serious test in five sets against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina – 3:6, 7:6, 6:3, 4:6, 6:2, and the Norwegian beat Corentin Mute from France much easier with 6:1, 6: 2, 6:7, 6:2.
The other Round of 16 today and early tomorrow morning:
Cameron Norrie – Andrei Rublev
Rafael Nadal – Francis Tiafoe
Ilya Ivashka – Yanik Siner
Marin Cilic – Carlos Alcaraz.