Nick Kyrgios advances to fourth round at US Open | ATP circuit
Maybe only Nick Kyrgios can be both a showman and a professional.
The electrifying Australian headed into the fourth round of the US Open on Friday night with plenty of flair and over-the-top celebrations, but far less bad-boy antics in a largely targeted 6-4, 6- 2, 6-3 against the American. JJ Wolf.
The Wimbledon runner-up could next meet world number one Daniil Medvedev in a blockbuster match on Sunday as he tries to reach the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows for the first time.
The 23rd seed fended off all seven break points he faced, including three at 0/40 in his first service game of the third set, needing an hour and 54 minutes to clinch victory in front of raucous fans at the Louis Armstrong Stadium.
“It was a very difficult game for me,” Kyrgios said. “I knew JJ was a crowd favourite, I knew I had to be on my toes today and serve well. I’m just very happy to move on.
“I’m really excited to play against Medvedev if he wins,” Kyrgios said during his on-court interview as the world No.1 was in the first set of his match against Wu Yibing.
Three weeks ago, Kyrgios extended his ATP Head2Head series lead to 3-1 against Medvedev, after pulling off an upset at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal, Canada.
Kyrgios and Wolf entertained the crowd on Friday as they engaged in a tug-of-war contest from the baseline, including several passing shots that left fans in awe. The Aussie hit 21 aces en route to victory, often combing the lines and hitting his targets with ease.
Kyrgios, who improves to 34-9 this season and 13-2 since his first Grand Slam final at the All England Club, has already moved up three places this week to move up to 22nd in the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings. Should he qualify for the quarter-finals, the 27-year-old would return to the Top 20 for the first time since February 2020.
The Canberra native is one step closer to regaining his Australian No.1 status, a mark which Alex de Minaur currently holds as No.19 on the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings.
“I’m doing it (winning) for my team too, we’ve all been away from home for a while. I just play for a lot of people back home,” Kyrgios said.
Wolf, who upset 16th seed Roberto Bautista Agut on day one, equaled his career-best Grand Slam finish by reaching the third round this week in New York.
Kyrgios conquered the third round in the final Slam of the season for the first time in five tries on Friday night. He will next face the winner of Medvedev and Wu on Sunday.
“At the US Open it’s the furthest I’ve ever gone, so it’s already a special year for me, hopefully I can continue,” Kyrgios said.