US OPEN – Round of 16 – Nick Kyrgios eliminates Daniil Medvedev


But who will stop Nick Kyrgios? At the end of a very high match (in every sense), first unbreathable then which then turned into a one-man-show, the Australian won the shock of the round of 16 against Daniil Medvedev 6 -7 (11), 3 -6, 6-3, 6-2 in 2h53, in the night between Sunday and Monday, at the Arthur-Ashe stadium. Here he is for the first time in his career in the quarter-finals of the US Open, a stage in which he will meet another Russian, Karen Khachanov, who won by her in five sets by Pablo Carreno Busta.

The duel between the reigning champion and the finalist of the last Wimbledon has kept all its promises, especially during an epic, magnificent 1st set that certainly weighed on the outcome of the match. Kyrgios, who had suffered a winning break at 3-2, ended up winning it after an unbreathable tie-break in which he saved three set points, at 6-5, 6-7 and 8-7.

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Medvedev – Kyrgios, a match worthy of a final


These set points, it was not Medvedev who lost them. But it was Kyrgios who saved them, respectively with a winning serve, a winning backhand return and a backhand volley that crossed the line by a few millimeters. We can never say it enough: what is tennis …

With a bit of success then, but above all a lot of talent and panache, the Australian has finally launched into this capital tie-break (13 points to 11) after having suffered three first set points himself, before making a difference. thanks to a monumental reverse drop followed by a “chip & charge” forehand that prompted Medvedev to get out of his passage.

We had been playing for almost an hour then, with quite fascinating intensity, and if we say that this 1st set was crucial it is because Nick, behind, suffered a real bamboo hit, both physical and mental. It cost him a set, 2nd, and it was better for him to be ahead at that point in the match. Because Medvedev, on his part, seemed to have time for him.

But after having, so to speak, “rested” during this 2nd set, Nick Kyrgios gave the gas for the 3rd inning. And there he began to (re) do very badly going to take – always at the net – an important break of the fourth game (1-3). A break that put Medvedev on the ropes, who in this match easily led to 40-0 before suffering, perhaps, a somewhat guilty release.

47 goals for Kyrgios!

From there, the game had definitely chosen its camp. Aided by a serve that became more and more “maousse” over the course of the matches, in tune with his confidence, Kyrgios began to deploy an offensive tennis to the extreme (47 climbs in total!), In line with the great Australian volleyball servers of the past. But it is with a cushioning that he concludes this 3rd set, another weapon that we see him use quite often to derail the beautiful Russian mechanics, now a bit lost to the ground.

Bis repeated in the 4th set with a break in the pocket from the third game, an ace on the T to save a break point in stride, and end of the freewheel game with a double break to bring 4-1 thanks to an acceleration of forehand for dehorning a buffalo. No more throwing: this Kyrgios was unplayable, and he would remain so until the end to complete his second Grand Slam victory against a world number 1, following his success against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014, aged 19.

All achieved without “Kyrgioserie” or a little less, except for a warning received for obscenity, a missed “tweener” serve and above all this strange point lost wanting to throw a ball on the side in Medvedev’s field, losing the opportunity to afford a breaking point. Without consequences, therefore.

This man is crazy: how Kyrgios lost a point … which he won

No, overall, this Nick Kyrgios was pretty monumental, and here he looks like the favorite now when it comes to meeting Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals. As for Daniil Medvedev, not only will he have lost the second consecutive time against the Australian (after Montreal at the beginning of August), but above all his title and, now it is official, his place as world number 1. There are nights like that …

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