Nick Kyrgios stat shows he can challenge Rafael Nadal at the US Open after Medvedev upset


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Nick Kyrgios has shown that he’s ready to back up his Wimbledon final and push on for a maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open after beating Daniil Medvedev in Montreal. The Aussie came from a set down to upset the top seed and defending champion, marking just his second career win over a world No 1 after upsetting Rafael Nadal as a teenage wildcard, and he has now shown the Spaniard he is ready to fight in Flushing Meadows.

Kyrgios extended his match-winning streak on Wednesday after defeating Medvedev in a blockbuster showdown, recovering from a code violation and first-set loss to come through 6-7(2) 6-4 6-2 in just under two hours, sending last year’s champion packing. As well as winning his eighth successive match, he also notched his second win over a world No 1.

It comes eight years after the first, when he stunned Nadal in the Wimbledon fourth-round as a 19-year-old wildcard making his debut at the All England Club, ranked down at world No 144. The 27-year-old appears to be in the best form of his life, and has shown the Spaniard that he is a huge contender for the US Open title following his second No 1 scalp.

Nadal is unbeaten at Grand Slam level this year, winning the Australian Open and French Open before reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, where he was forced to pull out on the eve of his semi-final with an abdominal tear. The world No 4 had coincidentally been sent to face Kyrgios in the last-four clash, but their meeting never came to be as the Aussie received a walkover into the final.

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