Nick Kyrgios is now certainly among the US Open favourites

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A surprised Nick Kyrgios Credit: PA Images
A surprised Nick Kyrgios Credit: PA Images

When it comes to contenders for the US Open title few names are attracting attention like that of Nick Kyrgios.

In eliminating the World No 1 and defending champion in the last 16 Kyrgios established himself among the tournament favourites.

Eurosport pundit Alex Corretja was left stunned by Kyrgios’ performance against Medvedev.

“I have to say that win from Nick Kyrgios was stunning, I think he surprised the whole tennis world by the way he played and the consistency he had,” Corretja said.

“We expected a very tight match, but I wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to sustain that level for the whole match but he did and he impressed me unbelievably because he played huge tennis, he was brilliant, he was aggressive – he was just putting on so much pressure on the return.”

Kyrgios will next face another Russian in Karen Khachanov but Corretja warned that the No 2 will bring a very different gameplan to the last eight clash.

“I think Kyrgios opens up the tournament a lot right now facing off against Khachanov, who of course played an unbelievable match against Pablo Carreno Busta,” said Corretja.

“But the way Nick played tonight proved that he is ready to do big things. Of course, now might be the toughest part, to stay away from all of the expectations, I think he just wants to focus on doubles now and get away from everything.

“I assume that if he is ready to play the way he did tonight then it is going to be very difficult – Khachanov has a different game to Medvedev – from backhand to backhand he can push him a lot, but it will be key if he can serve well as well.

“It will be a very open match, but if Kyrgios plays this way it will not be very easy to stop him.”

Kyrgios was thrilled to show is quality in New York and prove some of his doubters wrong.

“It was an amazing match,” said No. 23 seed Kyrgios. “Obviously Daniil is the defending champion and a lot of pressure on his shoulders, but I’ve been playing great recently. What a place to do it. Packed house in New York. I’m extremely blessed.

“People were really starting to doubt my ability to pull out matches like this at majors. I’m really proud of myself because it hasn’t been easy dealing with all the criticism.

“I’m just trying to make every practice session count, getting to sleep – I would probably be out every night before. I’m just glad I’m finally able to show New York my talent. I haven’t had many good trips here, to be honest.”

Tellingly Kyrgios wasn’t patting himself on the back for his effort of reaching the last eight.

“I didn’t over-celebrate. It’s only fourth round,” he said. “I got quarter-finals. It was an amazing experience obviously taking down the No. 1 player in the world on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“But I don’t really like to celebrate too much after that because I know that if I played him nine more times, he’s probably getting on top of me the majority of the time.”

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