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Nick Kyrgios throws defending champion Daniil Medvedev out of the US Open

Nick Kyrgios beats defending champion Daniil Medvedev in an outstanding display of controlled aggression from the US Open to secure a place in the quarterfinals

  • Nick Kyrgios defeated Daniil Medvedev 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-2 at Arthur Ashe on Sunday
  • The Australian’s victory secured his place in the quarterfinals of the US Open
  • Kyrgios now faces another Russian in the massive 27th seed Karen Khachanov

Nick Kyrgios put on an impressively controlled aggression performance to knock out defending champion Daniil Medvedev from the US Open.

The spirited Aussie is in the last eight and is beginning to take on the looks of a Grand Slam winner.

For the second time this year, he defeated world No. 1 Medvedev, this time 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-2 in two hours and 53 minutes.

Nick Kyrgios knocked out defending champion Daniil Medvedev from Sunday's US Open

Nick Kyrgios knocked out defending champion Daniil Medvedev from Sunday’s US Open

For the second time this year, the Australian defeated world No. 1, this time 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-2

For the second time this year, the Australian defeated world No. 1, this time 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-2

It was an outstanding performance from the Wimbledon finalist who was superior in every way as he finally let his natural shooting ability run wild.

It’s like a switch was flipped this summer and he ended it with a gallop and fired an ace down the middle.

Kyrgios narrowly won a quality first set in which he attempted to disrupt the Russian’s rhythm by mixing his speeds.

The Aussie failed to hold a serve break but just kept his nerve in the tie-break to go 13-11 on a fourth set point after holding three, one of them with a volley that just crossed the line.

Kyrgios narrowly won a quality first set when he disrupted the Russian's rhythm

Kyrgios narrowly won a quality first set when he disrupted the Russian’s rhythm

Defending champion Medvedev broke Kyrgios' serve early in the second set

Defending champion Medvedev broke Kyrgios’ serve early in the second set

However, he couldn’t recover from losing serve early in the second.

Kyrgios was just trying to keep his temper together apart from the odd racquet sling, but there was a bizarre incident early in the third game where he failed to set a break point.

After Medvedev spooned the ball onto his racquet, Kyrgios ran around the net to ceremoniously holster the volley, which was forbidden unless the ball bounced on the other side of the net and spun back.

That failed to distract him and he broke with a backhand return to make it 3-1, then held comfortably enough to take a two-set lead to one.

The fourth was more professional and he now faces another Russian in the mighty 27th seed Karen Khachanov.

After Medvedev spooned the ball up, Kyrgios ran around the net to thwart the volley

After Medvedev spooned the ball up, Kyrgios ran around the net to thwart the volley

In an on-pitch interview, Kyrgios paid tribute to his team, including his girlfriend, for their achievements over the past few months.

“I’ve played fantastically in the last few months,” he said. “What a place for it – a full house in New York.

“I just try to work hard every day. Trying to make every workout count. To fall asleep. I probably would have been out every night before.

“Now I have a great girlfriend, she helps me. And my team, I have my Physio Will with me. It’s all my team, I’m really happy and I hope to continue.

“I just work really hard. I just don’t want to let her down.

Kyrgios revealed his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi (pictured in the stands) helped him

Kyrgios revealed his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi (pictured in the stands) helped him

“You know, we’ve been on the road for four months now. We all have families we want to see. I want to make it count. This is my last trip before returning to Australia.’

He admitted losing the final at Wimbledon spurred him on to wanting to triumph at Flushing Meadows.

“I want to go all the way,” he said. “Hopefully it’s possible. Faith came from Wimbledon. Not winning that final was a hard pill. Khachanov is a great player, a great fighter, we’ve had some absolute fights.

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