Eight wins in their last eight games.
14 wins in their last 15 meetings.
Euphoric since his lost final at Wimbledon and his first title in three years won on Sunday in Washington, Nick Kyrgios confirmed that he was the scarecrow of the American summer by eliminating world number 1 Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday in the second round of the Masters 1000 from Montreal.
The US Open, where the Russian will defend his title, will take place in just over two weeks and the competition is forewarned: the Australian, as talented as he is volcanic, is playing at his best level again in 2022, after two dark years. plagued by depression and suicidal thoughts.
Medvedev was in good shape
The 37th in the world offered himself 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-2 the skin of Medvedev, the second world number 1 to fall into his hands after Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014. “Daniil is a machine , he's number one for a reason.
But I don't look at the standings, just the guy in front of me,” Kyrgios commented.
Like him, the Russian yet showed confidence and serenity, since his first title of the season won on Saturday in Los Cabos, Mexico, for his return to the courts after a month and a half of absence.
He had been unable to defend his chances at Wimbledon, the organizers of the Major having not authorized players from his country or those from Belarus to participate, in response to the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army.
Kyrgios, he had surfed the London lawn, only stopped in the final by Novak Djokovic.
The Australian only needed one title to mark his rebirth, which he achieved last Sunday in Washington.
The same place where, in 2019, he beat Medvedev in the final.
Appointment with De Minaur
The turning point in the third and final set came when the Russian missed two balls to lead 3-2, Kyrgios eventually breaking thanks to a pass at the feet of his rival.
“I didn't miss much, but I missed some shots in important moments.
And Nick was great, he beat me evenly,” admitted Medvedev after his loss, the third in four oppositions.
"I had a clear objective: to play a lot of serve and volley and execute my game better. I hope to be able to continue this momentum," said Kyrgios, who will face his compatriot Alex De Minaur (21st) in the next round.
Monfils passes, Alcaraz and Tsitsipas pass away
Earlier, a first surprise had occurred: the elimination of the phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz (4th), overthrown 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (9/7), 6-3 by Tommy Paul (34th) , who in passing erased a match point in the tie-break of the second set.
Other notable eliminated, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) and the Russian Andrey Rublev (8th), victims of two Britons: Jack Draper (82nd), winner 7-5, 7-6 (7/4), and Daniel Evans (39th ) who won 6-4, 6-4.
The Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (9th), the Italian Jannik Sinner (12th), the American Taylor Fritz (13th) and the French Gaël Monfils (20th) also composted their ticket for the 8th finals.
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