Nick Kyrgios made it to the fourth round of the US Open for the first time, setting up a blockbuster showdown against reigning champion Daniil Medvedev and winning in straight sets against American wildcard JJ Wolf.
The Australian beat Wolf 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 and is set to face Medvedev on Sunday. .
Kyrgios beat the Russian the last time they met less than a month ago in Montreal, one of the potential highlights at a hard-court Grand Slam since the draw was announced. Marked.
Kyrgios said: “I want to play in the biggest stadium in the world, in front of millions of people that will be broadcast all over the world. “That’s where I want to be. That’s why I work so hard. It makes it even more Sweeten.
“I know a lot of people don’t want me to succeed. I know a lot of people hate my game, the way I do it, the way I do it.”
Kyrgios used a powerful serve to win the match over three rounds in 1 hour, 56 minutes, hitting 21 aces against his opponents and sending in over 35 winners.
Kyrgios defended all seven breaks he faced inside Louis Armstrong Stadium and was fined $7,500 for “spitting and obscenity” in his second-round match against France’s Benjamin Bonzi. Fireworks were barely seen.
The attention of the sports world was focused on the neighboring showcourt, with Kyrgios’ one-sided victory in what is widely expected to be her final tournament with Serena Williams’ dramatic loss to Ajula Tomljanovic. caused little fanfare.
But it was nonetheless the latest in a glorious run for Kyrgios, who is playing the best tennis of his career after winning Washington and reaching his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.
“I’m not ashamed to lose to such a player. [Medvedev], Kyrgios was added. “But with the way I’ve played, my game plan and the success I’ve had with him in Montreal, I definitely feel like I have a fighting chance.
“Right now, there aren’t many players who can say they’re going to play Medvedev at the US Open. We have a lot of respect for each other. I have a lot of respect for his coach. He He’s a great guy. He was really kind.”
Medvedev continues on his path to making history
Medvedev defeated qualifier Wu 6-4 6-2 6-2 to advance to the last 16.
Medvedev has already beaten Stefan Kozlov and Arthur Linderkneck in the final two rounds, talking about his title defense. “Maybe a little less double faults, but that’s if you’re trying to dig somewhere else, it’s a high-level match.
“If we continue like this, we will have a good chance to achieve something big. But the next game will not be easy.
Medvedev is on track to win his first US Open title since Roger Federer won five consecutive US Open titles from 2004 to 2008, but loses to Kyrgios in the next round. And Medvedev will lose his world No. 1 ranking to Rafa Nadal after the tournament.
Speaking about the Kyrgios fight, Medvedev added: A match for those who watch.
“I don’t think we’re friends. When I say ‘friends,’ we never went to bars together.” I feel like we have a lot of respect for each other. It can change at any time. We are both very electric. You never know what the future holds.
“Nick is a little bit different than other tennis players on the court sometimes. It’s his choice. It’s his life. I’m not a judge.”
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