Top seed Daniil Medvedev beaten by Nick Kyrgios at US Open
Posted on July 16, 2012
Ahead of this week’s US Open championships, Nick Kyrgios has been leading the charge for his side to end their drought of major titles, having reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the last four at the US Open.
His opponent, World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev, has now played just one match at a major, falling away in the second round of U.S. Open in 2010, and is yet to get past the quarter-finals at the French Open.
Kyrgios and Medvedev were playing as of press time, two of the favorites to take down Novak Djokovic at the US Open, where he is looking to end a career year when he loses next week to Roger Federer.
What’s your prediction?
Kyrgios: Djokovic is going through another rough patch right now. It’s very annoying. I wouldn’t be surprised if I could outplay him in the second round.
What went wrong with Djokovic this year?
Kyrgios: Well, he didn’t show the same consistency as he did at the Australian Open. He just didn’t play well here and he didn’t play well over the last two months. This is the first year that he wasn’t in top shape going into the year, so you have to ask yourself why.
Medvedev: I think I have prepared quite well for this tournament and I’m playing well. I didn’t exactly play well at Wimbledon, but then I didn’t play pretty well then either. I feel like I have been able to get to know him a bit better over the last two Grand Slams. We’re playing for a fifth. I don’t think you can talk about the future if you don’t even have the confidence of the present. I mean, you can play great tennis and not be able to sustain it over a long period of time. That’s what’s happened on my part this year. I’ve just got to get back on the court and get some good results. That’s what I’m here for.
You said earlier that