Nick Kyrgios: 'I defeated Daniil Medvedev and thought..'

Tennis - Kyrgios beat Medvedev at the US Open before falling to Khachanov

by Jovica Ilic
Nick Kyrgios: 'I defeated Daniil Medvedev and thought..'

Nick Kyrgios struggled at Majors for years, failing to remain focused in the bext-of-five duels and barely reaching the second week. The Aussie changed that in 2022, making tennis his priority and training harder than in the past.

Nick produced his A-game at Wimbledon and defeated five rivals to advance into the first Major final. Kyrgios won the opening set against Novak Djokovic before losing the next three and handing the title to the Serb. The Aussie was ready for more in New York, especially after dethroning Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round.

Nick was one of the favorites in a wide-open draw, but he missed his chance following the quarter-final loss to Karen Khachanov in a thriller. Speaking about the US Open campaign in Tokyo, Kyrgios said it was a massive chance for him to lift a notable trophy, missing it and having to wait until January to get another.

Nick Kyrgios still thinks about his missed US Open chance.

The Aussie produced one of his best displays against Medvedev, beating world no. 1 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 53 minutes. Both players fired over 20 aces, and Nick claimed nine points more than Daniil.

The Aussie converted five out of seven break chances and got broken three times to control the pace in sets three and four and bring the victory home. Kyrgios had 53 winners and 38 unforced errors. Medvedev added 48 winners and 18 mistakes to his tally, not enough to prolong the clash and force a decider.

Nick did his best to stay calm and focus on his tennis. It was not always the case, but it was sufficient to keep the fighting spirit in sets three and four and overpower the better-ranked rival. "I thought the US Open was my great chance; I considered myself the favorite after beating Daniil Medvedev.

I have to wait until the Australian Open, and I must keep the current form. I'm doing the right things, and I believe I can win a Major. I did not train hard enough in the previous years, failing to pass the third round at notable events and not taking things seriously.

I have been working hard for the last year and a half, and you have to do that to win a Major. I will try to play at a high level in Tokyo and keep momentum," Nick Kyrgios said.

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