Los Angeles, United States, Sep 4 (EFE).- Australia’s Nick Kyrgios offered his best version of himself Sunday and eliminated No. 1 seed and defending champion Daniil Medvedev in the United States Open round of 16.
Kyrgios prevailed 7-6(11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 53 minutes.
He will face another Russian in Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals, after the No. 27 seed beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and 21 minutes.
Kyrgios displayed his best tennis against Medvedev in Sunday’s highlight match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the US Open’s center court.
Kyrgios, a finalist at last year’s Wimbledon, threw his racket to the ground and received a “warning” for yelling an obscenity.
Even so, the most unusual moment of the match was when the Australian crossed the net next to his rival and hit the ball when he looked to have won the point, but lost it because the ball had not yet bounced.
“This is going to go everywhere and I’m going to look like an idiot,” Kyrgios said in the courtside interview after the match.
Medvedev also had his share of the limelight in the game: he complained about what Kyrgios’ team said from the stands and also criticized the Australian for not receiving a “warning” after throwing a ball into the stands.
The atmosphere between them also left moments of friendly sportsmanship, such as on one occasion in which the Russian approached Kyrgios’ side to check on him after he suffered a spectacular fall. EFE