Nick Kyrgios vs. Daniil Medvedev, when Kyrgios plays, fourth round, news
Nick Kyrgios can dethrone Daniil Medvedev as US Open champion and world no. Game”.
Kyrgios, who faces a charge of assaulting his ex-girlfriend in a Canberra court, proved his legion of doubters wrong with his controversial run to the Wimbledon final in July where it took Novak Djokovic to stop him.
His performances at the All England Club only served to illustrate the quality of the 27-year-old.
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Kyrgios boasts a winning record against four of the world’s top 10 – including 2-1 against Djokovic and 3-1 against Medvedev.
Against world number two Alexander Zverev, the Aussie is 4-3 and 4-1 over fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Greek star who accused him of being a ‘bully’ and ‘evil’ at Wimbledon .
Rafael Nadal, at 6-3, and Roger Federer, with a 6-1 winning record, managed to dampen the Australian’s crowd-pleasing performances.
“I always carry this chip on my shoulder. I have all that behind my head when I play,” Kyrgios said.
“I want to be there. I want to be in prime time. I want to be on that screen, the screen that they’re all staring at.
Kyrgios beat Medvedev in the US Open warm-up in Montreal last month after the Russian knocked him out of the Australian Open in January.
Kyrgios’ progress to a first appearance in the last 16 of the US Open has generally grabbed the headlines.
He accused the fans of smoking marijuana, which irritated his asthma during the opening round.
He was also fined $7,500 after being slapped with a code violation for spitting and swearing in the match against Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi.
“I know a lot of people hate my game, the way I do things, the way they do it,” Kyrgios admitted.
“I always thrive on it. I never want to forget everything people say.
Medvedev’s loss on Sunday would mean he would lose his world number one ranking after the US Open.
Medvedev, 26, has reached the semifinals or better in the past three years at the US Open.
He admits he was “surprised” by Kyrgios’ rejuvenation as a player which has seen him return to the top 25 after being close to dropping out of the top 100 at the end of 2021.
“We are both pretty electric. You never know what’s going to happen,” said Medvedev who has been unbothered so far in the tournament.
“I don’t think we’re friends. When I say ‘friends’, we haven’t been to the bar together.
“I feel like we respect each other a lot. Also on the pitch, we’ve never really had a fight or anything, which can change at any time.