|venue: Flushing Meadows, New York date: August 29th to September 11th|
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Nick Kyrgios put an end to Daniil Medvedev’s US Open title defense with a spellbinding four-set win on a fun night in New York.
The 27-year-old Australian creates all the shot-making and drama as he wins his last 16 games 7-6 (13-11) 3-6 (13-11) 3-6 6-3 6-2 showed a trend.
Medvedev, 26, will lose his world No. 1 ranking after the defeat.
Wimbledon finalist Kyrgios faces another 27th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals.
Khachanov advanced to his third Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 4-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-3 victory over Spain’s 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta.
“It was a great game. Obviously Daniil was the defending champion and there was a lot of pressure on his shoulders, but he’s been playing great lately,” said the 23rd seed.
Kyrgios and Medvedev deliver on the promised show
Aside from the farewell of Serena Williams, this was the biggest blockbuster of the tournament so far, and a matchup between two interesting players worthy of a late stage.
The pair have been two of the standout players on the ATP Tour in recent months, with Kyrgios winning the most tour matches with 25 wins since the start of June, Medvedev with 18 and Britain’s Cameron Norrie. next to him.
Both players have pre-committed to “doing the show” on Sunday night during the holiday weekend in New York.
They didn’t disappoint.
Fierce serves, baseline blows, momentum swings and bizarre moments unfolded for nearly three hours to entertain a capacity crowd of nearly 24,000 on a tenacious night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Kyrgios took first blood in the first set to take a 4-2 lead, sending the fans into a frenzy before scoring a break point.
In a tense tiebreaker full of quality and drama, Kyrgios saved three set points and slammed his racket into the court twice before converting his fourth chance to take the lead.
A shirtless Medvedev complained to the referee about the noise coming from the Australian’s box during his serve.
Another Kyrgios appeared, but not what the crowd that favored him wanted to see.
Kyrgios, whose first-serve percentage plummeted, played with near indifference when he took the lead 5-1.
One of the breaks was recovered when he hit a superb 5-2 crosscourt winner, threatening to sweep another before Medvedev recovered the set and served.
The match against Kyrgios resumed in the third set. After holding 1-0, he slipped 30-15 in the next game and appeared injured while lying on the court, prompting Medvedev to go around the net to see if he was okay. it was done.
The pair tapped their hands and as play continued there was another special moment on the next point.
Kyrgios forced Medvedev to volley, which looped out on the Russian side of the net and Kyrgios decided to go around the post and slam into the court.
It was a foul shot and as a result he lost the point. That meant he didn’t get a chance to break and Medvedev continued the hold.
It felt like an important, perhaps pivotal moment, but Kyrgios quickly refocused and broke to take the lead back to 3-1.
Now it was Medvedev’s turn to leap off the court, showing how much he’s in the zone while Kyrgios awaits his return.
Jumping out of his seat to stay loose, he maintained that energy with two breaks to take a 5-1 lead.
Much of the crowd stayed with Kyrgios as he brought up match point and scored a quick central ace to seal a memorable win.
His rivals patted him on the shoulders and hugged him, while Kyrgios pointed to the court, drew praise, and joined the crowd in applauding his opponent off the court.
Who are the men’s quarterfinalists?
Italy 13th seed Matteo Berrettini He reached the quarterfinals for the second year in a row with a five-set victory over unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Berrettini, who reached the semi-finals in 2019 and knocked out Andy Murray in the previous round, defeated the Spaniard 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 4-6 6-2.
Davidovic Fokina was unable to fight back after suffering a knee injury when leading 4-2 in the fifth set.
Berrettini is Norwegian Casper Rude Defeated Corentin Moutet of France.
The fifth-seeded Ruud won 6-1 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 to end a lucky loser’s fairytale run in the fourth round of her first Grand Slam.
The 112th-ranked Moutet is the first male lucky loser to play in a Grand Slam Round of 16 since Stephane Robert at the 2014 Australian Open.
French Open finalist and world No. 7 Ruud is one of four players in contention for the world No. 1 ranking at the end of the tournament.