Top seed Daniil Medvedev beaten by Nick Kyrgios at US Open
Nick Kyrgios’ upset of No. 1 Daniil Medvedev came in a match that lasted four hours and six minutes, and was the longest on record at the U.S. Open.
With the clock ticking down, the seventh-seeded Kyrgios closed out a tough three-set match at the US Open. With a 7-5, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) victory over No. 7 seed Medvedev, Kyrgios not only took a match away from the Serb, but also took a step towards his first Grand Slam title.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Kyrgios said. “I have so much respect for [Medvedev]. I’m so happy for him. I’m happy for my fans who have been supporting me and cheering for me for so long.”
No. 3 seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina defeated No. 6 seed John Isner of the United States, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in the other match at the U.S. Open.
Del Potro took a lead in the second set, but Isner’s athleticism proved decisive in a back-and-forth set.
“It was a little bit tight. He played very well,” Isner said. “Juan’s a huge competitor and he played very well in the first set, and in the second set.”
The United States dropped the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the tournament, which began on Monday. Del Potro takes an automatic berth into the 2017 U.S. Open because he won his first ATP World Tour title in this season’s Monte Carlo Masters, beating the top seed Stan Wawrinka in the final.
Isner, who will play in his first Grand Slam, has had mixed results at major tournaments this season, though most of his defeats came on clay as he took two sets at the Italian Open and U.S. Open.
The 32-year-old Isner is a three-time winner of this tournament, including a straight-sets win over Andy Murray in the final in 2009.
Wawrinka also reached the final last year, losing to Del Potro. The top-seeded Swiss upset the No. 3