Russian Daniil Medvedev will not defend his US Open Grand Slam win and will lose his position as world number one. The 26-year-old Moscow native lost to Australian Nick Kyrgios 6:7, 6:3, 3:6, 2:6 in the last 16 on concrete in New York.
Medvedev, who has not dropped a set in the tournament, lost his match against Kyrgios in less than three hours. Even 22 aces and 49 winning balls weren’t enough for him. He recorded his worst result at the US Open since 2018, when he was knocked out in the third round.
“It was a match at a high level, like Novak or Rafa. I think Nick played at the same level today,” Medvedev praised the conqueror.
“It’s difficult to play against him, he has a great serve. If he plays like this until the end of the tournament, he has a big chance to win it. But he still has a tough opponent in front of him.”
Twenty-seven-year-old Kyrgios improved on his previous record at the US Open. He also defeated Medvedev in August at the tournament in Montreal. In total, he has a balance of four wins and one loss with him.
Kyrgios will be playing in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the fourth time in his career and the second time in a row. He last reached the final at Wimbledon, where he was beaten by Novak Djokovic. However, the Serb will not start in New York because of his resistance to the coronavirus vaccination.
“What a game,” Kyrgios said after the game on Arthur Ashe court. “Daniil is the defending champion and there is a lot of pressure on him. But I played really well. I’ve been playing an amazing game over the last few months. Where else to show that than here in New York full time,” added the Australian, who collected 21 aces and 51 winning balls.
The Australian stormtrooper, known for his antics, also drew attention this time around. In a dramatic tie-break in the first set, in which she avoided three set points and herself converted the fourth at 12:11 p.m., she threw her racket several times to the ground.
Early in the third set, when the duel went in her favour, she again played the ball clear towards the car before it even hit the ground and ran recklessly to the other side of the net. Instead of a break point, he received a penalty kick and then lost.
“I still can’t believe the stupidity I did. I thought it was okay. But now it’s going to be sports news again and I’m going to look like an idiot,” Kyrgios growled to himself.
However, the Aussie was not discouraged by the unprecedented situation, and she has dominated ever since. At the end of the match, he allowed Medvedev only four matches and thanks to perfect serves, he secured the progress.
The twenty-third player of the tournament will challenge another Russian player, Karen Khačanov, in the next round, who defeated Pablo Carreňa 4:6, 6:3, 6:1, 4:6, 6:3.
Seventh seed Casper Ruud also continued, who beat Corentin Moutet 6:1, 6:2, 6:7, 6:2 and was the first Norwegian in history to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final at Flushing Meadows.
This year’s 23-year-old Roland Garros finalist will challenge Matteo Berrettini’s thirteenth tournament in it. The Italian defeated Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich 3:6 7:6, 6:3, 4:6, 6:2 after three hours and 46 minutes.
Ruud, the fifth seed, dropped serve only once in the game and hit 43 winning balls. The furthest he has come so far at a Grand Slam in New York was the third round two years ago. Frenchman Moutet became the first in US Open history to reach the last 16 from a lucky loser position.
Rome-born Berrettini advanced to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the fifth year in a row. The 2019 US Open semifinalist also collected 18 aces in a five-set battle against Davidovich.
Of the women, Caroline Garcia of France advanced to the last eight. Petra Kvitova’s final loss to the general in Cincinnati beat host Alison Riske-Amritrajova 6:4, 6:1 and claim her 12th straight win. She reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the second time in her career, having only played at Roland Garros in 2017.
Garcia’s next opponent will be American Cori Gauff. At eighteen, the Atlanta native reached her third Grand Slam quarter-final and her first at the US Open. This year’s Roland Garros finalist made up for lack of breaks in both sets in her duel against China’s Zhang Shuai and won twice 7:5. In New York, he was among the top eight for the first time.
Ajla Tomljanovic celebrates the same success. Australian killer Serena Williams from round 3 has now defeated Lyudmila Samsonova of Russia 7:6, 6:1. She ended her streak of thirteen straight wins and will challenge Tunisia’s Uns Jabirova in a fight for the semifinals. The Wimbledon finalist beat Russia’s Veronika Kuděrmetova 7:6, 6:4 and she will also make her US Open quarter-final debut.
US Open tennis tournament in New York (hard surface, $60 million donation):
Singles – 4th round: Kyrgios (23-Austr.) – Medvedev (1-Rus.) 7:6 (13:11), 3:6, 6:3, 6:2, Khachanov (27-Rus.) – Carreňo (12-Sp. ) 4:6, 6:3, 6:1, 4:6, 6:3, Ruud (5-Nor.) – Moutet (Fr.) 6:1, 6:2, 6:7 (4:7) , 6:2, Berrettini (13-It.) – Davidovich (Sp.) 3:6, 7:6 (7:2), 6:3, 4:6, 6:2.
Singles – 4th round: Tomljanovikova (Aust.) – Samsonova (Russia) 7:6 (10:8), 6:1, Gauffova (12-USA) – Zhang Shuai (China) 7:5, 7:5, Garciaova (17-Fr. ) – Riskeová-Amritrajová (29-USA) 6:4, 6:1, Džábirová (5-Tun.) – Kuděrmětová (18-Russia) 7:6 (7:1), 6:4.
Singles – first half: Havlíčková (2-CR) – Hamilton (USA) 6:3, 6:4.
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