Daniil Medvedev he will not defend his triumph at the US Open and will lose his position as world number one. The 26-year-old native of Moscow lost to the Australian in the round of 16 on the concrete courts in New York Nick Kyrgios 6-7 6-3 3-6 2-6.
Medvedev, who has not yet lost a set at the tournament, lost the match against Kyrgios in less than three hours. Even 22 aces and 49 winning balls were not enough for him. He recorded his worst result at the US Open since 2018, when he was eliminated in the third round.
“It was a match at a high level like Novak or Rafa play. I think Nick played at a similar level today,” said Medvedev at the press conference. “It’s difficult to face him, he has an amazing serve. If he plays like this until the end of the tournament, he has a great chance to win it. But he still has tough opponents ahead of him,” added Medvedev.
Twenty-seven-year-old Kyrgios improved his previous best for the second time at the US Open. He also defeated Medvedev in August at the tournament in Montreal. In total, he has a balance of four wins and one defeat with him.
Kyrgios will play in the Grand Slam quarterfinals for the fourth time in his career and for the second time in a row. He last reached the final at Wimbledon, where he was beaten by Novak Djokovic. However, the Serb will not start in New York due to his rejection of vaccination against the coronavirus.
“It was an amazing match,” Kyrgios said after the match on Arthur Asch. “Daniil is the defending champion and there was a lot of pressure on him. But I played really well. I’ve been playing an amazing game for the last few months. Where else to show it than here in New York to a full house,” added the Australian, who collected 21 aces and 51 winning balls.
The Australian stormtrooper, who is known for his antics, drew attention to himself this time as well. In the dramatic tie-break of the first set, in which he averted three set points and converted the fourth himself at 12-11, he threw the racket several times on the ground.
At the beginning of the third set, when the duel was breaking in his favor, he again played a ball clearly heading for the car even before it hit the ground and ran carelessly to the other side of the net. Instead of a break point, he received a penalty kick and later lost the game.
“I still can’t believe how stupid I was. I thought it was okay. But now it’s going to be all over the sports news again and I’m going to look like an idiot,” Kyrgios said.
However, the Australian was not discouraged by the unprecedented situation, and he dominated from then on. By the end of the match, he allowed Medvedev only four games and thanks to a flawless service, he secured advancement.
Kyrgios, the 23rd in the tournament, will challenge the Russian in the next stage Karen Chačanovawho conquered Pablo Carreno from Spain 4-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-3.
They form the second quarter-final pair Casper Ruud and Matteo Berrettini. Seventh seed Ruud became after the win over by Corentin Moutet 6-1 6-2 6-7 6-2 the first Norwegian in history to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows, the Italian Berrettini defeated the Spaniard after three hours and 46 minutes Alejandro Davidovich 3-6 7-6 6-3 4-6 6-2.
|• Men’s singles – round of 16 •|
|Kyrgios (23-Aust.) – Medvedev (1-Russia) 7-6(11) 3-6 6-3 6-2|
|Ruud (5-Nor.) – Moutet (Fr.) 6-1 6-2 6-7(4) 6-2|
|Khačanov (27-) – Carreňo (12-Sp.) 4-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-3|
|Berrettini (13-It.) – Davidovich (Sp.) 3-6 7-6(2) 6-3 4-6 6-2|