As he builds a better career Grand Slam season, Nick Kyrgios feels a great opportunity as he prepares to take on world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev at the US Open.
September 4, 2022 | Tennis Australia
Entering week two of the US Open for the first time in nine appearances, Nick Kyrgios can appreciate the extent of his journey.
At the same time last year, Kyrgios only won seven games in the first round defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut. His previous record at Flushing Meadows was hitting round three on four occasions.
But with only one set lost in three 2022 games, Kyrgios sees tantalizing possibilities this season.
After booking a fourth round appearance with a no-nonsense win against American wildcard JJ Wolf in his best match of the tournament, Kyrgios noted how his steady improvements reflect the golden form he has discovered in recent months.
“I thought I was much more composed today than in the second round. I actually tried to work on it today, ”Kyrgios said after completing the win over Wolf in less than two hours.
“I didn’t want to be so up and down, so much on a roller coaster. For me and my team, I wanted us to enjoy the way I am playing, the form I have at the moment. Is fantastic,”
Taking the Wimbledon final and seventh ATP singles title in Washington, Kyrgios has won 25 of the 30 games he has played on grass since the start of the season.
After dropping to number 122 in the world in February, it also climbed back to number 25 on the chart. Had the points been awarded at Wimbledon, Kyrgios would have come close to number 13 on the world rankings he climbed in 2016.
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It’s a major advancement for the famous home-loving Canberran. Having glimpsed the chance to lift a Grand Slam trophy, Kyrgios is determined to use his time on tour.
“I want to try to make it useful and get the most out of it before I go home. I think it will improve that moment, ”said Kyrgios, who recognizes the value of another career-best Grand Slam run.
“I’ve never been to round four before the US Open, so I feel I’ve come a long way.”
Still, that’s nothing compared to where Kyrgios’ next trip might take him.
The No. 23 established arguably the most compelling fourth round match of the US Open men’s draw against Daniil Medvedev. The Russian is both No. 1 seed and defending champion at Flushing Meadows, but Kyrgios sets a 3-1 head-to-head record in their meeting.
And while Medvedev won his only Grand Slam game, at the 2022 Australian Open, Kyrgios won 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-2 in the last fight in Montreal.
A respectful Kyrgios notes that “we put that (match) behind us”. At the same time, he points out that he generally gives his best in the most important phases of the game.
“I don’t want to play futures or backcourts challengers with no crowds. This is not why I practice this sport. That’s not why I pick up a racket, ”said Kyrgios.
“I want to play in the biggest stadiums in the world in front of millions of people broadcast all over the world. That’s where I want to be. For this hard work ”.
At age 27, Kyrgios’ focus off the pitch is now strategic, with better fitness and a more effective return to serve a factor in his recent rise.
“Three things I worked on were getting in shape, adding more variety to my second serve and every day, in each practice session, I will spend five to 10 minutes on my right back. Five, 10 minutes adds up to hours every day, ”said Kyrgios, who converted five of his 11 break point opportunities against Wolf.
“I want to be able to put that pressure on the players. I’m proud of it. I drove it. I didn’t have a coach. I analyzed my game. I get to work. I’m seeing the results. “
Rightly confident, Kyrgios can sense a great opportunity against Medvedev. “I hug him. Win or lose, I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I worked hard to be in the fourth round against the US Open, “he said.
“I think it will be a fun fight.”
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