Nick Kyrgios continued his career top form by knocking out world number one Daniil Medvedev at the National Bank Open in Montreal on Wednesday – a win that left everyone but the Australian in awe. surprised.
Judging by confidence after reaching the Wimbledon final and winning in Washington last week, Kyrgios reacted with dismay to questions that the victory would mark some kind of career high.
“You guys are acting like I’ve never beaten world number one before or something,” he told reporters in Montreal.
“I’ve done it before. I’ve beaten Medvedev before. I’ve beaten Roger (Federer), Novak (Djokovic), Rafa (Nadal).
“I didn’t go out there thinking he was the number one in the world. We played together three times. He hit me once, I hit him twice.
“I made the big points today. I feel like my game and my confidence under pressure are at an all-time high. That’s all I really did. do.”
Medvedev joined three of the other top five seeds through to the second round on Wednesday, opening a draw in the US Open warm-up.
The lack of points on the rankings at Wimbledon this year means Kyrgios is still 37th in the world and ahead of Montreal.
“It was just a match in the scheme of things,” he said of the 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-2 win.
“This won’t lift me up to the top 10. It’s just one game, so I need to be ready for the next one.”
The next one is facing compatriot Alex de Minaur in the last 16 on Thursday and Kyrgios said he will continue to give everything in the adjusted events rather than rest for Flushing Meadows.
“I think the best way to live my life is to go day by day, trying to be a little better every day,” he said.
“I can go into the US Open feeling refreshed, play one man in a day that’s so brilliant. Then I’ll regret not letting it all go in Montreal, Cincinnati.”
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American Tommy Paul Regroup to beat second-seeded Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 in another defeat.
“For now, all I can say, it’s the first time I can’t stand the pressure,” Alcaraz said.
“I feel pressured to be the number two seed in this kind of tournament, the world number four. This is the first time I’ve felt that pressure, and I can’t handle it.”
England youngster Draper claims first win over top 10 player
Jack Draper beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to his first win over a top 10 player as he became the third Briton to qualify for the third round in Canada.
Draper had to fight back from a break in the second before he was able to end the match 7-5 6-4 (7-4) just before 1 a.m. in Montreal.
World No 8 Tsitsipas was dropped by hand and made 40 non-compulsory errors throughout, as Draper knocked out 17th seed Gael Monfils on Thursday to secure a place in the quarterfinals.
English number 2 Dan Evansmeanwhile, Andrey Rublev placed a shocking eighth to reach the tournament’s round of 16 for the first time.
The 6-4 6-4 win over the Russians was Evans’ fifth win over a top 10 opponent, with the 32-year-old facing American No. 10 seed Taylor Fritz.
Cameron Norrie will face hometown hero Felix Auger-Aliassime for the second time in a week after the British No. 1 beat Botic van de Zandschulp in consecutive sets.
Norrie, who beat the Canadians on Saturday in the semi-final of Abierto de Tenis Mifel for the first time in five meetings, came through with a 6-1 6-2 effort against the Dutch.