Russian Karen Khachanov got rid of 23And Seeded Nick Kyrgios in five sets of 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the US Open.
Khachanov thus reached the semifinals of a major tournament for the first time in his career. He will be against the 5And Seeded Casper Ruud in the next round, with a place up for grabs in the final of the tournament. Ruud won the only duel between the two players.
“I did it … I did it!” Thank you! Khachanov commented after the match.
It took Khachanov 3 hours and 39 minutes to overtake Kyrgios for the second time in his career.
“It was a crazy match and I expected it. I was ready to run, to fight, to play five sets. We’ve played almost four hours and it’s the only way to beat Nick, I think. “
The Russian was the first to take a break in the match. Towards the end of the first set, with both players tied, Khachanov beat Kyrgios with a great point to win the set 7-5.
Kyrgios wasted no time in coming to his senses. From 3And match of the second set, he offered Khachanov’s serve and his advantage held to win the set 6-4.
The story of the first set repeated itself for Kyrgios in the third set. Under 6-5 in the set, the Aussie dropped his serve and saw Khachanov save himself with another set at 7-5.
Then in 4And set, after Kyrgios and Khachanov exchanged two service breaks, the Australian dominated the tiebreak forcing a final set.
Khachanov destroyed Kyrgios in the first game of the fifth set to run for victory.
Kyrgios knocked out ATP No.1 player Daniil Medvedev in the round of 16. For his part, Khachanov got the upper hand over Pablo Carreno Busta.
Ruud remains intractable
Very solid, Casper Ruud (7th in the world), qualified for the semifinals of the US Open, where he aims for the first Grand Slam title, being intractable 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) against the Italian Matteo Berrettini (14th), Tuesday in New York.
The 23-year-old Norwegian, who arrived for the first time in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows, will try to do better against the Australian Nick Kyrgios (25th), scarecrow of the tournament, or the Russian Karen Khachanov (31st).
Under the closed roof of Arthur Ashe, after the rain started for the day in New York, Ruud’s very aggressive start led by a beating of drums, combined with the irrelevant departure of Berrettini, who accumulating unforced errors (40 against 23 ), allowed the Norwegian to bring two sets to zero after only 1h14.
“It was my best start to the tournament. Everything was going my way and Matteo did not serve as well as usual. I got a little nervous towards the end of the second set because things were going a little too well. You think you can walk on water, which you can’t, “he commented.
The Italian, who managed to break through in the second round, albeit in vain, however, showed the beginnings of a possible reversal. Impression confirmed at the beginning of the third set, since he escaped 3-0, finally starting to bring his shots back into the field, putting his rival more and more in the corners.
But Ruud did not let himself be counted. After saving two set points, he managed to steal the Italian’s serve then fell back into his traps, rushing into his ball shots.
The title and the throne?
And in the tie-break the Norwegian, still solid and regular, did not fail to close it.
Clay specialist, on which he won eight of his nine titles on the circuit, three of which in 2022 in Buenos Aires, Geneva and Gstaad, with in the meantime a lost final at Roland-Garros against ocher king Rafael Nadal, Ruud is taking a big step forward on hardcourt this season.
Ruud has the answer to everything against Berrettini
In April he made it to the final of the Miami Masters 1000. Ease confirmed at the Montreal Masters 1000 in early August, where he stopped in the middle.
In New York, he wasn’t particularly impressive, particularly pushed to five sets by American Tommy Paul in the 3rd round. But his fourth authoritative win in six games against Berrettini demonstrates his ability to raise the bar.
What allows him to feed the dream of a possible first coronation in a Major, combined with the possibility of finishing in n. 1 in the world at the end of the tournament.
A cherry that will end up on the cheesecake, New York cake par excellence, if he wins the tournament or if he reaches the final and Carlos Alcaraz, current 4th in the world at 19, does not reach it.