John McEnroe offers assessment of Nick Kyrgios' performance versus Daniil Medvedev

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John McEnroe offers assessment of Nick Kyrgios' performance versus Daniil Medvedev

John McEnroe acknowledged that Nick Kyrgios' serve is absolutely impressive but also noted that the Australian does a good job of playing tactical tennis. On Sunday, Kyrgios ousted top-seeded Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (11) 3-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the US Open quarterfinal.

A month ago, Kyrgios defeated Medvedev in Montreal. Throughout the entire Montreal match, Kyrgios was going to the net and trying to finish points with volleys. This time, Medvedev didn't want to allow Kyrgios to destroy him by volleys.

But Kyrgios found a solution to defeat Medvedev by playing a different type of tennis.

McEnroe: Kyrgios did an unbelievable job tactically

“First of all, I’ve said this before, the guy has got one of the greatest serves in the history of tennis.

The guy was serving at 70% – I don’t think people realise that’s the highest on tour, how big he serves, how good his second serve is – now he is backing it up big time. If he plays like he did last night, he is going to win the tournament,” McEnroe said on Eurosport.

“The way Kyrgios is serving, I don’t care where you stand. If you stand well back, did you notice he started serving and volleying. The guy is a genius on the court, he doesn’t need a coach, he did an unbelievable job tactically.

Medvedev was throwing a lot at him – I was saying Medvedev will play long rallies, test him physically and he’ll win most of those points. Guess what? He didn’t even win most of those [longer] points. When Kyrgios gets down on his opponent’s serve he lets it go a little bit, paces himself, manages himself well but he’s also a lot fitter than he has ever been." Kyrgios now owns a 4-1 head-to-head versus Medvedev. In the US Open quarterfinal, Kyrgios plays Karen Khachanov.