Nick Kyrgios continues the momentum of his excellent Wimbledon, where he reached the final of a grand slam tournament for the first time (losing to Novak Djokovic.
Flamboyant, excited, joking, that’s how we know Kyrgios again, but he keeps himself under control. Unlike before, he no longer drives himself so crazy that he lets the match slip out of his hands.
After two dark years of mental difficulties, Kyrgios has rediscovered the best version of himself. “I’m really happy to finally be able to show in New York how well I can play.”
“This is a very nice win. I am proud of my achievement. Beating the world number 1 to Arthur Ashe is an incredible experience. In the 3rd and 4th set I played very relaxed, I had fun.” But he wants more: “I want to go all the way. Hopefully that will work.”
At the press conference afterwards, Kyrgios alluded to a possible farewell, if that happens, but the question is whether that was a joke.
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So happy Kyrgios was, so down was Medvededv: “I am very disappointed. The match went straight until the third set. Then he got a little stronger.”
“Physically I started to feel some discomfort and that may have become the key to the match. Nick played at a very high level today, comparable to that of Novak and Rafa. He is a difficult opponent, has an incredible serve and masters all strokes I’ll give him every chance to win the title.”
In the quarterfinals, Karen Chatsjanov (ATP-31), another Russian awaits the Australian. He beat Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta (ATP-15) in 5 sets: 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Next week Medvedev will have to give up his first place in the world to Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz or Casper Ruud.