Nick Kyrgios beats Daniil Medvedev at the US Open



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Defending champion Daniil Medvedev was knocked out of the US Open after losing 6-7 6-3 3-6 2-6 to Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round.

Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title in New York last year but was beaten on Sunday by Kyrgios, who is enjoying a career-best run of results – reaching the Wimbledon final in July and won the Citi Open title in Washington last month.

The result means Medvedev will relinquish his position at the top of the world rankings at the end of the tournament, while Kyrgios will appear in his first US Open quarter-final when he faces another Russian playing under a neutral flag on Tuesday , Karen Khachanov.

Medvedev later said he had struggled physically on court, but added that Kyrgios outplayed him in the final two sets.

“I felt a little sick today,” he told reporters after the game. “The thing is, in the US I get sick once in the swing because the air conditioning is crazy. It happened last year in Cincinnati.”

“I felt a bit sore today… At the same time, it’s not an excuse at all because Nick played well.”

Kyrgios celebrates against Medvedev, his fourth win against the world no.  1 in five encounters.

It was the fourth time Kyrgios beat Medvedev in five days and the second in as many months after the victory in Montreal.

The Australian saved several set points in a tight first-set tie break, the first set Medvedev had dropped in the tournament, before falling behind in the second set when he lost serve twice.

Medvedev leveled the match, but the momentum swung in Kyrgios’ favor when he won five straight points on Medvedev’s serve in the fourth game of the third set.

The 23rd seed always looked the favorite to win the match from there, breaking twice in the fourth set to seal victory in nearly three hours. He finished the meeting with 53 winners, 21 of which were aces.

“I thought I played the right way,” Kyrgios told reporters. “I came back amazing today. I just thought the third and fourth sets were so free. I was having so much fun today, embracing every moment on Ashe (Arthur Ashe Stadium). Really proud of that.”

Kyrgios went nine matches without a win in the build-up to the US Open, deploying a new approach and consistency on court that has seen him enjoy considerable success this season, which he attributes to overcoming mental health challenges of the last few years.

“I feel like I’m more proud of the way I’ve bounced back after all, honestly,” he said. “I’ve been in some really tough situations mentally and some really scary places.

“Obviously, if you look at it on paper, I probably wasn’t expected to win this. I might take a couple or two if I’m lucky … I sat in the dressing room afterwards and I’m really proud of the performance because there really was a time when I didn’t think I was capable of producing and doing this anymore.”

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