Nick Kyrgios stuns Daniil Medvedev to reach first US Open quarterfinals

Nick Kyrgios stunned defending champion Daniil Medvedev and continued his brilliant summer by reaching a first US Open quarterfinal.

Reaching the Wimbledon final whetted the Australian’s appetite for more success on the big stage and he put on a superb display of power and touch to go 7-6 (11) 3-6 6-3 6-2 to win.

Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam title in New York 12 months ago but he was beaten by the better player under the lights of Arthur Ashe and will now lose the number one ranking.

Rafael Nadal is in pole position to take the lead but Casper Ruud, who defeated Corentin Moutet earlier in the day, is also in contention along with teenager Carlos Alcaraz.

Kyrgios said: “It was a great match. I played really well. I’ve been playing fantastic for the last few months but what a place to do it. I just try to work hard every day. I’m just happy and I hope I can keep going like this. I want to go all the way. Hopefully it’s possible.”

Aside from Serena Williams, to whom Medvedev had played second fiddle in the night sessions, this was the most anticipated match of the tournament so far.

Medvedev and Kyrgios are not only two of the best players in the world, but also hot-headed characters prone to drama.

Medvedev has largely reined in his worst excesses, while Kyrgios has discovered a passion for winning tennis matches but was still fined this week for spitting on the court.

This was their fifth and third meeting of the season, with Medvedev winning at the Australian Open but Kyrgios coming out on top in Montreal last month.

It was the Aussie who drew the first blood and whipped up the crowd as he created a break point at 3-2 and captured it.

But Medvedev is quite happy playing the same games and he mimicked the gesture twice before immediately snapping back.

The set really came to life in an extraordinary tiebreak. After a 4-1 lead, Kyrgios slammed his racquet down when Medvedev equalized 5-5, but the Russian failed to collect any of the three set points.

Nick Kyrgios fell badly in the third set (Adam Hunger/AP)

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The momentum went to Kyrgios and after another hit of his racquet on a missed opportunity, he played a freezing drop shot and then claimed his fourth set point.

Both players complained to referee Eva Asderaki-Moore, Kyrgios about their early start of the shot clock and Medvedev about his opponent’s support camp, who was back on his feet after every point.

Medvedev started the second set quickly and Kyrgios seemed to give up before a late rally dialed him in for the third.

Medvedev came to check on Kyrgios after the Australian fell heavily on the pitch in the second game and lay motionless for several seconds, with the pair exchanging a handshake before moving on.

A bizarre moment ensued two points later when Kyrgios appeared to have set up a break point, but got around the net post to chip a ball away on Medvedev’s side, losing the point.

The 23rd seed, unaware of the rule, could see the funny side and started really chasing Medvedev’s serve and breaking it in the next game.

From then on, Kyrgios didn’t look back – apart from a swear-off – repeatedly broke through Medvedev’s formidable defenses and sealed one of the best wins of his career with a 21st ace.

In the round of eight, Kyrgios meets another Russian in Karen Khachanov, who defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

There was also a five-setter between Matteo Berrettini and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina which the 13th-seeded Italian won 3-6 7-6(2) 6-3 4-6 6-2.

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