September 25, 2022

Kyrgios stuns Medvedev at US Open as Gauff advances

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios despatched defending champion Daniil Medvedev tumbling out of the US Open on…

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios despatched defending champion Daniil Medvedev tumbling out of the US Open on Sunday as US teenager Coco Gauff reached the quarter-finals for the primary time.

The notoriously temperamental Twenty third-seeded Kyrgios produced some scintillating shot-making on his technique to an excellent 7-6 (13/11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over the world primary from Russia.

Kyrgios, who was crushed by Novak Djokovic within the Wimbledon last in July, confirmed grit and composure to avoid wasting three set factors within the opening set earlier than holding his nerve to win an epic tie-break 13/11 earlier than a raucous Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.

Though he dropped the second set, he roared again to dominate Medvedev within the third and fourth units to clinch victory in 2hr 53min.

“It was a tremendous match, clearly Daniil because the defending champion had numerous strain on his shoulders, however I’ve been taking part in wonderful the final couple of months,” Kyrgios mentioned after the win.

“What a spot to do it — packed home in New York. I’m extraordinarily blessed.”

Kyrgios will face Karen Khachanov within the quarter-finals on Tuesday. Khachanov equalled his greatest efficiency in a Grand Slam occasion by defeating Spanish twelfth seed Pablo Carreno Busta in a 3hr 21min five-set thriller.

The Twenty seventh-seeded Khachanov dug deep to down Carreno Busta 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 on the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Elsewhere within the fourth spherical on Sunday, fifth seed Casper Ruud turned the primary Norwegian man to achieve the US Open quarter-finals with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2 victory over French fortunate loser Corentin Moutet.

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The 23-year-old Ruud, seeded fifth, will face Italy’s Matteo Berrettini for a spot within the semi-finals.

Berrettini prolonged his spectacular run of current Grand Slam singles performances with a 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 defeat of Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The 26-year-old from Rome missed Wimbledon earlier this 12 months after testing constructive for Covid-19, and was injured for the French Open.

However Berrettini has now made the quarter-finals or higher within the final 5 Grand Slams he has performed in after Sunday’s win.

“It’s not a secret for me the Slams are the aim of the season,” he mentioned.

“I feel it proves that my degree is excessive in Slams … I play my greatest tennis in crucial phases of the tour.”

Gauff marches on

Within the girls’s draw in the meantime, rising American star Gauff saved house hopes alive with a battling 7-5, 7-5 win over China’s Zhang Shuai on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 18-year-old twelfth seed will now play France’s in-form Caroline Garcia for a spot within the semi-finals.

“I feel she’s taking part in the perfect tennis she’s performed in a very long time,” Gauff mentioned of her quarter-final opponent.

“It’s going to be a problem. If you play these gamers which might be scorching, I feel it’s extra of a psychological problem. You simply obtained to just accept she’s going to hit some nice pictures, as a result of I do know she’s going to.”

Garcia, the world quantity 17, has emerged as a darkish horse in New York regardless of a modest document in Grand Slams.

The 28-year-old reached her solely different Grand Slam last-eight on house floor at Roland Garros 5 years in the past.

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However she arrived in New York brimming with confidence after claiming the Cincinnati Masters lead-in occasion, and to this point on the Open has but to drop a set and has misplaced serve solely twice.

Garcia says she is reaping the advantages of a extra constructive method to tennis.

“To get wins, positively helps to be comfortable, to know which means you must play, to be wholesome, it’s numerous positives,” she mentioned.

“I prefer to play tennis aggressive, to maneuver ahead. I’m having enjoyable, having fun with taking part in that means, and on prime of it I’m glad it’s working and it’s a great way for me.”

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