US Open: Nick Kyrgios dethrones Daniil Medvedev and helps Rafael Nadal



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US Open: Nick Kyrgios dethrones Daniil Medvedev and helps Rafael Nadal

Nick Kyrgios needed over seven years to find himself in a Major quarter-final again. Nick achieved that at Wimbledon en route to his first Major final, and he is on the same course at the US Open following a notable victory.

Kyrgios dethroned Daniil Medvedev 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 53 minutes to advance into the last eight and beat the Russian for the fourth time in five encounters! Thus, Medvedev will lose the ATP throne next Monday, most likely to Rafael Nadal, who is in a better position than Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud.

Both players fired over 20 aces, and Nick claimed nine points more than world no. 1. The Aussie converted five out of seven break chances and defended five out of eight in his games to control the pace in sets three and four and bring the victory home.

Kyrgios had 53 winners and 38 unforced errors.

Nick Kyrgios dethroned Daniil Medvedev in New York.

Medvedev added 48 winners and 18 mistakes to his tally, but it was not enough to prolong the clash and force a decider. Nick gave his best to stay calm and focus on his tennis, not always successfully but good enough to start all over after the second set and overpower a better-ranked opponent.

Daniil played a loose forehand in the opener's sixth game to lose serve and fall 4-2 behind. He pulled the break back in the next game, and they served well in the remaining ones to introduce a tie break. It was wild, with 24 points and chances on both sides.

Medvedev squandered set points at 6-5, 7-6 and 8-7. It was time for Kyrgios to create his opportunities, and he seized the fourth at 12-11 after the rival's loose forehand to secure the opener in 63 minutes. The Russian raised his level in the second set and grabbed breaks in games two and six for 5-1.

Medvedev held after deuce at 5-3 to wrap up the set and improve his chances. Nonetheless, he never stood as a player on the mission in sets three and four, losing the edge and allowing Kyrgios to impose his strokes. The Aussie produced five comfortable holds and kept the pressure on the other side.

In one of the encounter's decisive moments, Nick came back from 40-0 down and rattled off five straight points with a deep return to grab a break in game four and move 2-1 in front. Nick held at 15 in game nine to bring the set home and move closer to the finish line.

The Aussie broke the rival's resistance with back-to-back breaks early in the fourth set, opening a 5-1 advantage and blasting an ace at 5-2 to seal the deal and emerge at the top.