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Nick Kyrgios berates himself, plays brilliant in US Open upset


It was the complete Nick Kyrgios experience. 

From berating himself and yelling at his box to slamming his racket and nearly getting himself disqualified by almost rocketing the ball into the crowd, this performance had it all. 

Nick Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios advanced to the US Open quarterfinals.
Larry Marano
Nick Kyrgios slams his racket on the floor during the match.
Nick Kyrgios slams his racket on the floor during the match.
Larry Marano

It also included mostly brilliant tennis, when his head was on straight, and the biggest upset of the U.S. Open thus far in defeating last year’s champion. 

The 23rd-seeded Kyrgios ousted No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in four sets, 7-6 (13-11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, building off his stunning run to the Wimbledon final to advance to his first ever U.S. Open quarterfinal. 

Kyrgios, 27, got better as the match progressed, not even facing a break point on his serve in the final two sets after surviving a marathon first set tiebreak that saw him twice fling his racket to the court. Early in the third set, Kyrgios cost himself a break point by oddly stepping over the other side of the court to hit a live ball. It drew boos from the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. He won them over soon thereafter, and they repeatedly chanted, “Let’s Go Kyrgios,” as he found his form against the higher-ranked opponent. 

Daniil Medvedev returns a shot during his US Open fourth round loss.
Daniil Medvedev returns a shot during his US Open fourth round loss.
Larry Marano

His upset opens up the top half of the men’s draw, pitting him against No. 27 Karen Khachanov next. No. 5 Casper Ruud-No. 13 Matteo Berrettini will meet in one of the other quarterfinal on that half of the draw. 



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