Nick Kyrgios stat shows he can challenge Rafael Nadal at the US Open after Medvedev upset


Nick Kyrgios has shown that he’s ready to back up his Wimbledon final and push on for a maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open after beating Daniil Medvedev in Montreal. The Aussie came from a set down to upset the top seed and defending champion, marking just his second career win over a world No 1 after upsetting Rafael Nadal as a teenage wildcard, and he has now shown the Spaniard he is ready to fight in Flushing Meadows.

Kyrgios extended his match-winning streak on Wednesday after defeating Medvedev in a blockbuster showdown, recovering from a code violation and first-set loss to come through 6-7(2) 6-4 6-2 in just under two hours, sending last year’s champion packing. As well as winning his eighth successive match, he also notched his second win over a world No 1.

It comes eight years after the first, when he stunned Nadal in the Wimbledon fourth-round as a 19-year-old wildcard making his debut at the All England Club, ranked down at world No 144. The 27-year-old appears to be in the best form of his life, and has shown the Spaniard that he is a huge contender for the US Open title following his second No 1 scalp.

Nadal is unbeaten at Grand Slam level this year, winning the Australian Open and French Open before reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, where he was forced to pull out on the eve of his semi-final with an abdominal tear. The world No 4 had coincidentally been sent to face Kyrgios in the last-four clash, but their meeting never came to be as the Aussie received a walkover into the final.

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