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US Open: Kyrgios stuns defending champ Medvedev

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New York: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios stunned defending champion Daniil Medvedev at the US Open with a brilliant performance to reach the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows.

Kyrgios delivered one of the best performances of the tournament on Sunday night, overcoming world No. 1 Medvedev, 7-6(11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium to advance to his first quarterfinal in New York,

Aiming his maiden semifinal appreance at the US Open the 27-year-old will play Russian player Karen in the quarterfinals.

The 23rd seed Australian entered the match with a 3-1 ATP Head-2-Head lead against Medvedev and in the best form of his career, but taking out the top seed at a Grand Slam was an entirely new challenge. He passed the test with flying colours, playing his aggressive game to triumph after two hours and 53 minutes.

After the loss, Medvedev will lose his top spot in the ATP Rankings after the US Open. Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz or Casper Ruud will become World No. 1.

Kyrgios is up seven places to No. 18 in the ATP Live Rankings and has replaced Alex de Minaur as Australia’s highest-ranked player.

He has not been ranked that high since August 2018. The Australian was World No. 137 six months ago on 22 February.

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