Top seed Daniil Medvedev beaten by Nick Kyrgios at US Open
By John Laskar
Nov 16, 2018
As the first day of competition wound down, the top-seeded player in the third Grand Slam of the season, Daniil Medvedev, held a commanding 2-0 lead against a fellow former No. 1 and a man who was a two-time Grand Slam champion and was playing for his fifth straight major quarterfinal.
The only other time Medvedev did this was at the 2010 U.S. Open when he outlasted Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the third round.
Both players are now out of the tournament after the final day, but here is how everyone sees it:
No. 1 Djokovic (4-1, 2-0): “It’s amazing what I did today. I played some amazing tennis and I think the result is not very good. After the first set it was better and after the second, I had a chance to break him and it was better. All the match, except the fifth one, my shots were good. When he was serving and I had an opportunity to break (the break was set when Medvedev double-faulted to end the first set in 1-1 tie), I took it and I deserved that break. I could have played much better but I know I should have played a better second half of the match and that I missed shots because I was serving bad on my set points. And I always missed first shots because I was serving bad on my first serve and I had a match point in my first serve. My first serve was always good and I should have saved my set points. But he’s a great player and I couldn’t do anything because he hits incredible balls and I was so angry and frustrated. It’s the first Major I’ve done this in and I don’t know how to play this kind of match. It’s the first time I’ve played it in and I knew how it is going to be. I made errors that I should have been able to stay away from but I thought that I started to play a little better second half of the match. I guess they were just good balls today and it