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Daniil Medvedev previews “electric” US Open fourth-round against Nick Kyrgios
Infamously fiery on court, the world No. 1 couldn’t promise things won’t get crazy as they face off for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Published Sep 03, 2022
WATCH: Kyrgios won his most recent meeting with Medvedev at the Omnium Banque Nationale in Montréal.
NEW YORK—Set to renew his rivalry with Nick Kyrgios for a third time this season, Daniil Medvedev outlined a relationship that, given their respective personalities, is best reassessed after they finish their US Open clash.
“I feel like we respect each other a lot,” he said after knocking out Wu Yibing in straight sets early Saturday morning. “On the court, also, we never really had any fight or anything, which can change any moment. We are both quite electric. You never know what's going to happen in the future.
“Yeah, for now a lot of respect.”
Though the two have never been to a bar together—at least to his recollection—Medvedev and Kyrgios have made some incredible memories together on court in 2022, splitting encounters at the Australian Open and Omnium Banque Nationale earlier this month.
On the court...we never really had any fight or anything, which can change any moment. We are both quite electric. You never know what's going to happen in the future. Daniil Medvedev on Nick Kyrgios
Kyrgios won their most recent meeting in Canada, putting the pressure on Medvedev to kick his Grand Slam title defense into high gear.
“We all knew that he's capable of doing big things. I mean, one of the best serves I saw in my life. I played Ivo [Karlovic]. Ivo has definitely amazing serve. Nick is not far, capable of serving 140 miles per hour if he wants to. Pretty precise. We always knew on a day he's capable of beating anybody. He proved it many, many times against the biggest players in the world.
“He seems concentrated about his career. I feel like sometimes he doesn't want to show it too much. But that's what I feel, he wants to be a little bit serious professional. That's great for him and great for tennis.”
Kyrgios have played the majority of their matches under the lights this week, making their head-to-head another obvious night-session candidate. Who will emerge victorious when the sun rises Monday morning?