Tennis world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev was predictably unhappy with the way his US Open round of 16 match with Nick Kyrgios unfolded.
The Russian suffered a four-set defeat that almost certainly means he will lose his top spot in the world rankings next Monday when the rankings are updated.
Daniil congratulated his Australian opponent for the good game, but also specified that he felt sick because of the air conditioning system on the court. He recalled that he had the same problems last year, but at the tournament in Cincinnati.
“Nick played very well and we were even until the third set. Then I started feeling bad physically and that was the key. I felt a lot of fatigue. I was a bit sick and I think it’s because of the air conditioning system on the court. Last year the same thing happened in Cincinnati, although my performance was good then. It’s not normal to be sick twice in 2.3 weeks. Today I noticed a problem with my throat and that played a part. I don’t want it to sound like an excuse because Nick played a lot good. He already beat me in Montreal, and I wasn’t sick there,” said the Russian.
He also commented on the loss of the first place in the rankings – a disappointment from which he will not make tragedies.
“It’s not a good thing for sure, especially after a match like that. I’m disappointed and it’s always difficult when you lose in a Grand Slam. You won’t see me crying in my room, even though there’s disappointment. For a few days I’ll be sad and I’ll watch my phone and laptop, some TV series. But the first thing that popped into my head after the match wasn’t ‘horror, I’m not number one anymore’. I don’t even know where I’ll be after the tournament, maybe third or fourth . I guess Carlos (Alcaraz) will also overtake me. This is a kind of motivation and I will try to do better. I need to earn more points in the Slam if I want to be at the top of the rankings again,” Daniil added.