US Open: Nick Kyrgios eliminated by Karen Khachanov, score, tennis news 2022
That’s it, it’s all over.
Nick Kyrgios’ quest for a maiden Grand Slam title is over after he was knocked out by Karen Khachanov in an epic US Open quarter-final on Wednesday (AEST).
The Russian played superbly in the crucial moments and secured a thrilling 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7 6-4 victory in five sets.
Kyrgios was on the back foot after losing the first set and appeared to be nursing a leg injury, calling a doctor after the first set.
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“I can’t walk without pain,” he heard.
The Aussie later told his box: “I don’t wanna f****** play through this shit.”
But Kyrgios managed to shrug off the injury problem, playing through the pain and winning the second set to level the scores.
However, Khachanov quickly returned his serve winning the third set, coming one set away from booking his spot in the semis.
Kyrgios then fought back, moving to another level deep in the fourth set to win the tiebreaker and force a decider.
But despite having the advantage of serving first in the fifth set, Kyrgios was immediately broken in the first service game and never recovered.
It was a typical Kyrgios performance as he relied on his huge serve and often let his trainer’s box slip.
But he had only himself to blame for missing key chances to get the upper hand with countless unforced errors.
Kyrgios gave Khachanov a break in the second set when he missed two questionable serve and volley attempts, before later giving his opponent a break on a silver board with a double fault.
It was a hugely disappointing result for Kyrgios, who was in fine form and ranked among the favorites to win the US Open after knocking out world number one Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round while Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas lost. . earlier in the tournament.
The Aussie was furious after the game – smashing two racquets on the pitch in frustration in an epic tantrum.
Remarkably, none of the remaining players in the men’s singles draw have ever won a Grand Slam singles title.
Khachanov will next face fifth seed Casper Ruud in the semifinals.
Kyrgios had first-serve advantage in the fifth set but was immediately wasted when Khachanov broke in the Australian’s first service game.
It will be a gigantic effort for Kyrgios to win from here.
Khachanov still leads by a break of serve after Kyrgios couldn’t capitalize on a break point at 30-40.
We’re heading into a deciding fifth set.
After giving up a break of serve, Kyrgios kept his cool to force a tiebreaker, which he won 7-3.
The Aussie took it to another level late in the set, tearing up a sensational backhand down the line to win an epic rally.
— Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_Meadows) September 7, 2022
— Jose Morgado (@josemorgado) September 7, 2022
After a dramatic third set, the fourth began with four uneventful games remaining on serve.
Kyrgios claimed a crucial break in game five, with Khachanov’s forehand behind the baseline.
But the drama was far from over, with a double fault from Kyrgios giving Khachanov a break to immediately put the fourth set back into action.
A huge early BREAK for Nick in the 4th set! 🎾
— The Wide World of Sport (@wwos) September 7, 2022
Although I like Kyrgios – his inability to cope with adversity and implosion is a bit annoying…he’s obviously super talented but has no head. #US Open
— Lenny Jacobson (@Lennyjacobson) September 7, 2022
Kyrgios vs Khachanov live score: 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 4-4
The opener of the third set went to twice, but Khachanov kept his composure to hold serve.
The next seven games remained on serve, with the third set threatening to go to the tie-break.
Kyrgios had a golden chance to secure a break when he took a 40-15 lead at 4-4, but the Aussie missed both of his break points.
He remained furious, smashing his poor racquet in an explosive explosion.
Kyrgios is about to pop a joint
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) September 7, 2022
And to make matters worse, Khachanov managed to get two set points in the following match.
But the Russian absolutely packed a certain forehand winner before a well-directed serve from Kyrgios completed the great escape.
Khachanov didn’t have to wait long for another chance, taking a 40-15 lead in Game 12 to pick up two more set points.
And Khachanov eventually took a 2-1 lead in the game when Kyrgios registered another unforced backhand foul.
The Aussie started yelling at his comrades in the players box during the interval, throwing his drink to the floor in disgust.
Kyrgios vs Khachanov third set score: 5-7, 6-4, 5-7
Nick Kyrgios quickly recovered from his leg injury to take an early break in the second set, threatening a comeback at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Aussie started to put on a show for the vocal onlookers, netting a tween before his backhand winner prevented a game point for Khachanov.
Luckily for Kyrgios, few rallies last more than three or four shots, which means the competition hasn’t been grueling so far.
Kyrgios got the crowd going after executing an absurd bunt at 5-4 to put himself within reach of winning the second set.
And after missing two set points, Kyrgios did the work to level the scores in New York.
Canberran’s powerful serve is what keeps him in the competition.
Kyrgios levels the match with it and the crowd is on their feet! pic.twitter.com/nyU1QaGFP1
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2022
The only good thing?#Kyrgios doesn’t play well – not from a distance like the man who dusted off Medvedev two days ago – but he still leveled the number of sets, winning the second. He can still do it, even if he’s not at his best.
This set should tell the story. #USOpen22
— Peter FitzSimons (@Peter_Fitz) September 7, 2022
Kyrgios vs Khachanov second set score: 5-7, 6-4
The New York crowd, headlined by TV presenter Trevor Noah and Hollywood actress Amanda Seyfried, were undeniably supportive of the Australian as the first set began at Flushing Meadows.
Speaking on Channel 9, former Australian tennis star Todd Woodbridge suggested the venue’s closed roof could work in Khachanov’s favour.
“It certainly levels the playing field a bit for him,” he explained.
“If we had fast outside conditions and we were talking about variety, the percentages go to Kyrgios in those kinds of conditions. It just makes it easier and cleaner ball striking for Khachanov, with no breeze, no elements.
The first four games of the first set remained on serve, with neither player threatening to steal an early break.
But when Game 5 started, Nick Kyrgios started stretching and shaking his left leg, seemingly uncomfortable.
Has the apology already started with Kyrgios or is he rightfully hurt. He hits well but immediately bends his leg after losing points.
—Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6) September 7, 2022
Kyrgios doesn’t look well, folks.
— Gerald Butts (@gmbutts) September 7, 2022
The first set looked destined to go to a tiebreak until Kyrgios gave his opponent a break point at 5-6 with an unforced error, and Khachanov made no mistakes.
Kyrgios immediately called a doctor after losing the first set.
“I can’t walk without pain,” he heard.
He also told his box, “I don’t wanna f****** play through this shit.”
Former world number 4 Jelena Dokic described Kyrgios’ body language as “flat”.
“He looks a bit more muscular instead of structural which comes from a bit of wear and tear,” Woodbridge said of Kyrgios’ injury.
Kyrgios vs Khachanov first set score: 5-7
Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov enter New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium ahead of their quarter-final clash.
The match will start in the next 10 minutes.
Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia beat local youngster Coco Gauff at Arthur Ashe Stadium in straight sets 6-3 6-4.
Nick Kyrgios’ quarter-final is fast approaching…
For Nick Kyrgios to book his place in the semi-finals of the US Open, the Australian will have to knock down a “pelican” he bumped into two years ago.
During the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Kyrgios regularly called out tennis stars who blatantly ignored biosecurity protocols and put others at risk, including former world number one Novak Djokovic. .
The Aussie’s antics on Twitter inevitably rubbed some people the wrong way, including Russia’s Karen Khachanov.
The US Open quarter-finalists exchanged heated messages on the social media platform two years ago, with those tweets resurfacing ahead of Wednesday’s game in New York.
Khachanov: “I really think you are a good boy and I have no problem with you. But once you’re sitting at home and writing different comments about players, it makes me think about who has the real problem.
Kyrgios: “So you think what the players did during this pandemic was smart? I’d love to have an intellectual conversation with you, but I’m not sure it would go beyond how hard you could hit a ball. I just held people accountable.
Khachanov: “And next time before talking about my intellect, at least read a few books, or play video games all day.”
Kyrgios: “I also fed the hungry, helped open new facilities for children to become active. But way to do your research, absolute pelican.
In case you were wondering.
Expect a juicy quarter-final between Karen Kachanov and Nick Kyrgios pic.twitter.com/dkJaz28mer
— Anand Datla (@SportASmile) September 5, 2022