Hello and welcome to arguably the match of the US Open so far in the men’s draw as defending champion Daniil Medvedev takes on Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios.
It promises to be a heavyweight showdown with both players in excellent form coming into the match. Intriguingly, Kyrgios has a 3-1 head-to-head lead against Medvedev and won their most recent meeting at in Montreal last month.
Medvedev said: “We both kind of know what to expect right now. He managed to get the better of me there (Montreal) for sure, especially I would say in terms of clutch moments.
“I kind of know what I have to do. Serve well, try to get to the tie-break, try to get opportunities on his serve. He also knows what he will do. He’s playing good so far. I watched his matches. Concentrated. Definitely I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully I can play my best game.”
Medvedev, who has made at least the semi-finals in the last three US Opens and is trying to become the first repeat champion since Roger Federer won five straight from 2004 to 2008. He is also the only player in the top half of the draw who has not lost a set and no man has won a US Open title without losing a set in the open era, which began in 1968.
After reaching the Wimbledon final in July, Kyrgios has maintained his level and is through to the fourth round in New York for the first time following a 6-4 6-2 6-3 victory over American JJ Wolf.
He said: “Win or lose, I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I’ve worked hard to be in the fourth round of the US Open. I think that’s where every tennis player wants to be, playing the best players in the world in the best stadiums in the world, getting paid well. I’m looking forward to it.”