Nick Kyrgios wins a thrilling first-set tiebreak at the US Open against No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev

Nick Kyrgios wins a thrilling tiebreak but drops the second set to Daniil Medvedev after being cautioned and booed by the crowd for another fiery outburst at the US Open

  • Kyrgios plays Medvedev for a spot in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows
  • He claimed the first set, smashing two of his racquets in the process
  • Medvedev has recovered and is looking strong in the second set
  • Both players have complained about the behavior of Kyrgios’ fan box

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has earned first blood in his explosive fourth-round match against world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev at the US Open by winning the first set in a 13-11 tiebreak.

But the Russian star rallied to open a 5-1 lead before emphatically winning the second set 6-3 amid claims Kyrgios tanked.

“I don’t want to say it’s semi-tanking, but that’s what it is,” said one commenter as Kyrgios appeared to give up the set ahead of a late comeback.

After dropping the device, Kyrgios directed his anger at the lack of towels.

“Do you know how humid it is? One towel at a time?’ he said.

It was an old Kyrgios at Arthur Ashe Stadium, with a series of thunderous first serves and wildly skillful shots tempered by two shattered racquets and a chair umpire abuse warning.

Kyrgios was furious that using a service watch didn’t give him enough time to reach his towel and return to the service line in the humid New York conditions.

“I come out of the pits and it’s about six seconds,” he said.

“I never had a problem with that in this tournament, except for you.”

It comes after the Australian used his booming first serve to negate Medvedev’s tactic of wrecking Kyrgio’s serve and volley by playing closer to the net.

Kyrgios smashed his racquet in frustration in the opening set against Medvedev

Kyrgios smashed his racquet in frustration in the opening set against Medvedev

Nick Kyrgios

Daniel Medvedev

Both Kyrgios and Medvedev were cheered on in their fourth round match at Arthur Ashe Stadium

“I haven’t remembered it for years,” Woodbridge said in a comment.

“He walked away, looked at how Kyrgios played him in Montreal… if he comes forward he’ll take the serve volley out of the equation.”

Kyrgios also raged in his own box, which included best mate and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis.

“Tell me where the hell to serve,” he raged.

“Three damn. Say something. Bloody hell.’

The fireworks affected Medvedev, who threatened to leave the game if the abuse of Kyrgios Box continued.

“Again, I don’t play anymore,” he said.

Medvedev claimed the first break of serve in set number two when Kyrgios let serve and raised his arms to get the crowd involved.

Kyrgios, who famously stormed all the way to the Wimbledon final this year where he was stopped by Novak Djokovic, enjoys a 3-1 career advantage over Medvedev.

However, the Russian No. 1 did not play at Wimbledon after being suspended over her country’s conflict with Ukraine.

The fuse was lit for an explosive match before a ball was furiously served as Kyrgios said before the match that they were “not friends”.


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