US Open: Fantastic but damn strong, Nick Kyrgios brings down defending champion Daniil Medvedev – 20 Minutes

Flamboyant, electric, whimsical, but in control, Nick Kyrgios asserted himself as a serious candidate for the title at the US Open on Sunday, ejecting from the round of 16 the holder Daniil Medvedev, who also lost with this defeat his place of world number 1. The 27-year-old Australian, who is entering the quarters of the New York Major for the first time, defeated the Russian (7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2), sending a message to competition. His capital performance, on the sweaty Arthur-Ashe, was the dazzling confirmation of a true transformation observed in recent months, after two dark years weighed down by depression and suicidal thoughts. “Truly proud” His tennis has been inspired, hard-hitting and fine, without false note or fear or brake, like the high-flying tie-break, won with forceps, having erased three first set balls in the process. “I’m happy to finally be able to show in New York how well I can play,” said the finalist of the last Wimbledon after the match. I had a lot of fun, I enjoyed every moment. I’m really proud of that. The Australian obviously unpinned from time to time, with swinging racquets, screams of frustration, and even a rather incredible moment of madness, when he rounded the net, at the start of the third set, to put back in the court a setback from Medvedev yet out. “I thought I had the right. It’s going to be all over social media and I’m going to look like an idiot, ”he laughed. He just can’t help himself. 😂 @NickKyrgios | #USOpen— Live Tennis (@livetennis) September 5, 2022 Access to this content has been blocked to respect your choice of consent By clicking “I ACCEPT”, you agree to the deposit of cookies by external services and will thus have access to the content of our partners I ACCEPT And to better remunerate 20 Minutes, do not hesitate to accept all cookies, even for one day only, via our “I accept for today” button hui” in the banner below. More information on the Cookie Management Policy page.

But he always knew how to pull himself together to get the win. “It was obviously an incredible experience to beat the world number 1 on the Arthur-Ashe”, he appreciated, while remaining lucid: “It’s only an 8th final. I didn’t celebrate too much, because I know if I play him nine more times, he’ll probably be above me most of the time. “One of the favorites? His opponent, he looked like a bad day at a press conference. “I’m trying to look good… I’m not going to cry in the press conference room… But I’m disappointed, he didn’t hide. For a few days, I’ll just be sad, staring at my phone, my computer, or series. “Which did not prevent him from paying tribute to the Australian’s level of play. “It was a high level match. I faced Novak (Djokovic), Rafa (Nadal), who are all playing very well. Nick today played a bit at that level, Medvedev said. If he continues like this until the end of the tournament, he has every chance of winning it. »