The 23rd seed entered the match with a 3-1 lead over Medvedev in the best shape of his career, but snatching the top seed at a Grand Slam was an entirely new challenge. The Australian passed the test with flying colors, playing his aggressive match to win after 2 hours 53 minutes.
What a place to do that,” Kyrgios said. Packed House in New York!
Medvedev will lose his number one spot in the Pepperstone ATP rankings on Monday after US Open. Rafael NadalAnd the Carlos Alcaraz or Casper Road He will be ranked number one in the world. Kyrgios advances to the first quarter-finals in New York, where he plays next Karen Khachanov.
“I want to go all the way,” Kyrgios said. “I hope it is possible.”
The match wasn’t about Medvedev playing badly – he made 19 unforced errors – and more about Kyrgios’ brilliance in the spotlight. The crowd favorite fired 21 aces and broke a total of 53 winners to seize the opportunity. He frequented the net to pressure Medvedev, winning 62 percent of those points.
Kyrgios emerged victorious despite a third set slip that would have thrown many players into a ring. The 27-year-old costed a point-breaking opportunity by illegally touching a ball on Medvedev’s side of the net in an attempt to provoke the crowd. Rather than letting the error get to him, Kyrgios kept calm and found his best tennis of the tournament past the top seed.
these years Wimbledon final and Fatah City The world champion overcame Medvedev and did not allow him to rest. The 2021 champion often baffles his opponents with a devastating combination of big serve and unyielding defense. But when Nick posed the “Kyrios Question” to a raucous audience, Medvedev found few answers.
The match got off to a fast start with both men playing exciting tennis. Previously number 1 in the world Andy Roddick He was among those who offered his thoughts on social media, tweeting, “This is great stuff. Very high level. Heavyweight fight.”
These are wonderful things. Very high level. Heavyweight fight
– andyroddick (andyroddick) 4 September 2022
The duo clashed just weeks ago in Montreal, where Kyrgios was victorious in three sets. He supported that victory with a thrilling performance in front of a crowd. Having achieved his 21st title, Kyrgios barely celebrated, realizing that there was still work to be done in New York.
“I’m glad I was finally able to show my talent in New York,” Kyrgios said. “I haven’t played great tennis [in the past] To be honest… it took 27 years.”
After Kyrgios showed off his showmanship early on and tried to rally the crowd, Medvedev did the same, often cheering fans inside. Arthur Ashe The pitch rises with a wave. Early on, Medvedev demonstrated a different comeback strategy than he did in Canada, standing close to the baseline. Later in the first set, he would mix it up to give his big-serving opponent a different look.
The defending champion overcame an early break deficit to push the set into the tiebreak, recovering from 3/5 down to earn three set points. On the third of those set points, at 8/7, Kyrgios hit a ball with a difficult backhand that just cut the singles streak.
And Kyrgios pressed from there, using his falling shot to great effect in the closing stages of the tiebreak. At the set point around, the Australian faked a shot, wasting a shot from Medvedev.
Kyrgios was unable to maintain his momentum, though, by playing a poor serve match in the second set. Medvedev took full advantage, taking advantage of an instant break and leading 5-1. The set became complicated as the Australian rediscovered his focus, but Kyrgios missed a long neutral backhand to allow his opponent to tie the showdown.
Early in the third set, Kyrgios made what could have been a fatal mistake. Leading 1-0 and at 30/30 on Medvedev’s serve, the 23rd seed rushed around the net and fired a shot that wouldn’t have fallen anywhere near the net. As per the rule, if the ball does not land on your side of the net and returns to the opponent’s side of the court, you will not be allowed to touch the ball on that side.
Kyrgios put his finger in celebration, thinking that he had just earned a spot in the shading reel. Instead, the point went to Medvedev, who got away with the game. Although this seemed to be a critical juncture, the procedure proved otherwise.
The 23rd seed broke from 40-0 late in Medvedev’s next serve match and served through the rest of the set without difficulty. From the moment he slipped, Kyrgios controlled his big serve and never let Medvedev rest.
The Australian got an early break again in the fourth set and was determined to hold on to it. Kyrgios broke five times in his victory and saved five of the eight break points he faced.
Did you know?
Kyrgios rose seven places to No. 18 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings and replaced it Alex de Minor As the best player in Australia. His career is number 13 in the world.