Nick Kyrgios says there is no shame in losing to Daniil Medvedev, but he definitely feels he has a good shot at defeating the Russian top seed. On Friday, Kyrgios defeated JJ Wolf 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to set up a US Open Round of 16 meeting with Medvedev.
Before the match, Kyrgios has a 3-1 head-to-head against Medvedev. Most recently, Kyrgios defeated Medvedev at last month’s Montreal Masters. Medvedev was also the top seed in Montreal, but was sent packing after Kyrgios defeated him 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2.
«If it’s Medvedev, there’s no shame in losing to a player like that, but I definitely feel like the way I’m playing, the game plan and the success I had against him obviously in Montreal, I definitely feel like I’ve got a fight.» opportunity,» Kyrgios said of facing Medvedev.
«Not many players can say that at the moment, going to play Medvedev at the US Open. Like, they’re going to come out, but I don’t think they’re going to be on the other end of the court knowing that ‘you’re going to win.
I feel like I’m definitely one of the players that has a chance. With the way I’m playing right now, I have a chance.»
Kyrgios on Medvedev: We respect each other
Not only does Kyrgios respect Medvedev, he also respects his coach Gilles Cervara.
«We have great respect for each other. I also have great respect for his coach. He’s a great guy. He’s been very nice to me. Look, I think it’s going to be a fun battle,» Kyrgios added. Earlier in the season, Kyrgios suffered a four-set loss to Medvedev at the Australian Open.
Now, Kyrgios and Medvedev are set to meet for the second time at the Grand Slam level. Kyrgios has been playing well at the US Open up to the point where he reached the round of 16 with only one set lost.