What the tennis world longed for, and another defined as a terrifying forecast, is finally happening: Nick Kyrgios looks fit, he’s become a consistent player and so, thanks to less pressure and extra motivation. Together, he wants to break until there is a decisive example in New York.
Standouts at the level of current world No. 25 have made him the talented, regular player that no one wanted to face. And if the results and his confidence are rising, so little: Prior to this season, his last time in the quarter-finals at such an event was the 2015 Australian Open, but he now completes two advancements, for example in 2022, After being Wimbledon runner-up (to L. Djokovic), and now he will be looking for a place in the US Open semi-finals.
“I feel like I’m playing for more than I am. I have a lot of people, a lot of support, and on the other hand, I have a lot of people who doubt me and put me down all the time. Let’s try to bring in. I have a lot of inspiration in the back of my mind,” Kyrgios said.
This Tuesday he will try to surprise world number 31 Karen Khachanov who has just defeated Pablo Carreno Busta. The record is 1-1 after Cincinnati won Khachanov in 2019 and Kyrgios in Australia 2020.
Where does the main key to this Aussie team go? “I have been away from home for four months. I have a whole team. We can’t see our family like other tennis players most of the time. I am trying to make it worthwhile, trying to make it a memorable journey for all of us. Hopefully we can do it, come home and really celebrate.”
It’s that simple: Kyrgios is going for everything, and against Khachanov he has to maintain the high serve effectiveness he’s shown in four games at Flushing Meadows, as well as pepper his shots if he’s on defense. Doesn’t want to go against an opponent who is also going for points initiative. For now, Kyrgios is guaranteed to break into the top-20 of the Pepperstone ATP rankings. Another win will move him to number 17 in the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings. And the counting is on.
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For his part, Casper Roode is also going through a lot of emotional days in New York after reaching the quarterfinals for the first time. During the tournament Pepperstone would climb three places in the ATP live rankings to number four, overtaking Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev to climb to number 2 in the live rankings if he defeated Matteo Berrettini to reach the semi-finals. Is. And he is still trying to reach No. 1 at the end of the last Grand Slam of the year.
The fifth seed has won three Tour-level titles this season, reaching her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros in June. Rudd now has a 42-15 record a year, but will have a tough rival in Italian.
The 26-year-old Berrettini reached the quarterfinals for his fifth consecutive Grand Slam appearance (he may not have been at Roland Garros or Wimbledon) and has a 16-4 record in New York. “I love playing in these conditions, I love playing here in New York,” said the 2019 semifinalist.