Nick Kyrgios plays well against defending champion Daniil Medvedev at the US Open, but only one round later his dream of the first title bursts. The Australian lost to Karen Khachanov after more than three and a half hours. The entertainer and audience favorite reacts indignantly again.
Nick Kyrgios let all the frustration out on his racket, threw his bag over his shoulder and then stomped out of the suddenly quite quiet Arthur Ashe Stadium: The entertainer of the tennis scene has his chance for a first Grand Slam title in the quarterfinals the US Open playful.
The 27-year-old had to admit defeat 5: 7, 6: 4, 5: 7, 7: 6 (7: 3), 4: 6 to the Russian Karen Chatschanov, who was fighting undeterred and was correspondingly frustrated. Two days after his outstanding victory against defending champion Daniil Medvedev, Kyrgios had to admit defeat after 3:39 hours. During the game, Wimbledon finalist Kyrgios, who made too many mistakes, had his calf treated.
For his opponent, silver medalist from Tokyo 2021, it is the biggest success in a Grand Slam so far. "Now you're showing me a little affection," Khachanov then said in the direction of the audience, most of whom had stood by Kyrgios: "I was ready to run and fight five sets, I'm very proud of myself, I'm from Stayed focused from start to finish."
Chatschanov now meets Casper Ruud. The Norwegian also kept his chance to jump to the top of the world rankings with a highly convincing 6: 1, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 4) against the Italian Matteo Berrettini. "I don't want to think too much about the number one," said Ruud. "Of course every boy dreams of that."
Ruud needs to reach at least the final to pass Rafael Nadal. If he then meets the top talent Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday, who first has to solve his quarter-final against Jannik Sinner on Wednesday (local time), the winner would take the top position in the ranking. Russia's Andrej Rublew and crowd favorite Frances Tiafoe determine the fourth semi-finalist.
In the women's competition, Ons Jabeur believes in her chance - and wants to benefit from the experience of her participation in the Wimbledon final. "Even though I lost the final, I knew afterwards that I had a Grand Slam title in me," said the Tunisian after the 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 4) against Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic: " And now I'm in the semifinals of the US Open."
She meets Caroline Garcia from France, who prevailed 6: 3, 6: 4 against US hope Coco Gauff. "I didn't play the level I needed to win," said 18-year-old Gauff, who still looked back on the tournament with great satisfaction: "Overall, I'm super proud of myself. But I'm also hungry for more. " Czech Karolina Pliskova and Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka determine the other semi-finalists in the first duel on Wednesday, before title favorite Iga Swiatek from Poland is challenged by American Jessica Pegula.