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Kyrgios achieves his first win in eight years in a stunning win over world No. 1 and secures a date with de Minaur




Nick Kyrgios continued his blistering run with a three-set victory over world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in Montreal.

The Australian Wimbledon runner-up beat Medvedev 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-2 in a sapping second-round encounter played in scorching heat and humidity.

After losing the first set in a tiebreaker, Kyrgios had to dig deep and turn the game around with an incredible backhand pass to break Medvedev in game six of the deciding set.

He broke the dejected Russian for a second straight service game before ending the match at love after exactly two hours.

The emotional win was Kyrgios’ third in four meetings for Medvedev, 14th win in the last 15 matches and second over a world No.1 – eight years after he conquered Rafael Nadal on his Wimbledon debut as a teenager.

“I’ve had success against him in the past and he’s beaten me before, so I feel like we know each other’s games well,” Kyrgios said.

“I’m not the kind of player who goes into these games looking at the ratings or anything like that.

“It’s just who I play against and what type of ball they give me and today I had a very clear goal of how I was going to play – lots of serve and volley, lots of aggressive game from the side. back – and I executed better than him that day.

” That’s all. He won the first set and I feel like I had some opportunities there as well, so hopefully I can keep that going.

Kyrgios, who will next face Australian number 1 Alex de Minaur for a place in the quarter-finals, is not getting carried away despite becoming one of the favorites at the US Open after his blowout victory over the champion of Flushing Meadows last year.

“Look, a Grand Slam is very, very different from any other tournament,” he said.

“If I was in this position of a grand slam, you still have to win another set and it’s not easy at all. He’s a machine.

“He’s the best player in the world for a reason and at a Grand Slam he’s a totally different beast.”

Nonetheless, Kyrgios continues to scoff at the rankings and the 27-year-old’s latest triumph has all but secured the Canberran a all-important seed for the New York major from August 29.

“Look, I feel confident in my body and in my mentality for the US Open, but at the same time, there’s so much time between yesterday and today,” Kyrgios said.

“I have to focus on this event and then on Cincinnati. There are so many things I have to hope for. I’m not even going to think about the US Open right now.

“I have to take care of my body.

De Minaur set up a first encounter with Kyrgios with a 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 second-round victory over Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the 15th seed.




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