‘Three more matches potentially, then we’ll NEVER have to play tennis again’: ‘Super proud’ Nick Kyrgios hints at surprise retirement after beating world number one and defending champion Daniil Medvedev to reach the quarters of US Open final
- Nick Kyrgios produced a superb display of power to beat Daniil Medvedev
- The world No. 1 – beaten under the spotlight of Arthur Ashe – will lose this ranking
- Australian Kyrgios has spoken a lot about his team’s influence
- Now he wants hard work to count by living up to his enormous talent
Nick Kyrgios is through to the last eight of the US Open, while hinting that Serena Williams might not be the only one to retire at this event.
There is a real possibility that the 27-year-old Australian will win the title on Sunday, after knocking out world number one and reigning champion Daniil Medvedev with a superb display of controlled aggression in the fourth round.
Yet, like at Wimbledon, Kyrgios also suggests that, should he lift the trophy, he might struggle to find the ambition to continue.
Nick Kyrgios has his eyes on the jackpot after stunning win over Daniil Medvedev
Defending champion Medvedev (L) will give up his world No. 1 ranking after losing to Arthur Ashe
“If I win a Grand Slam, I don’t know what my motivation will be afterwards, because it’s extremely difficult to do,” he said after his victory in four sets. “Three more matches potentially, then we’ll never have to play tennis again.”
That last comment was knowingly delivered with a smile, and it’s worth remembering that tennis players talking about packing it can turn out to be just as reliable as boxers.
If all of this happened – which probably won’t – then it would be a shame because Kyrgios is finally entering something like a serene bloom, after years of erratic behavior.
He must be the favorite to reach the final of his half of the draw, which now sees him face 27th seed Karen Khachanov, with the winner then tackling either Matteo Berrettini or Casper Ruud.
Kyrgios wants months away from Australia to count by finally living up to his talent
Kyrgios’ serve once again proves to be a formidable weapon. He leads the tournament ace chart, by a considerable margin, with 85.
As always, the question is whether he can now handle the pressure, at the end of a road trip that has kept him away from the northern hemisphere all summer.
“I just feel like I’m playing for a lot more than myself. I just have a lot of support, and on the other hand a lot of people doubt me and try to put me down all the time too. J ‘ve been in very difficult situations mentally and in really scary places.
“I have been away from home for four months. My whole team did. We don’t see our family like other tennis players do most of the time.
“I try to make it worthwhile, try to make it a memorable race for all of us. I hope we can do it, go home and really celebrate.
Kyrgios is a serious title contender if he can maintain the form he has shown in the spotlight
“I feel like I struggled so hard mentally for the first six or seven years of my career. I’ve had great results, shocking results, trying really hard and then tanking.
“Honestly, I didn’t know how to handle all of this. It was hard. I fought way too hard. I can finally show it now, I feel like I really worked. I just have a lot of motivation right now.
Medvedev’s view on his defeat was remarkable and worrying for Kyrgios’ next opponents: “I played against Novak, Rafa. They play amazing. Nick tonight played a bit on their level, in my opinion. He has a bit of a different game because it’s not like a grinder in any way.
After leading 4-1, Kyrgios slammed his racket onto the pitch as Medvedev equalized at 5-5
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US Open: Nick Kyrgios admits he’s “super proud” of beating world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev