John McEnroe acknowledged that Nick Kyrgios’ serve is absolutely impressive, but also noted that the Aussie does a good job of playing tactical tennis. On Sunday, Kyrgios ousted top seed Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (11) 3-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the US Open quarterfinals.
A month ago, Kyrgios defeated Medvedev in Montreal. Throughout the entire Montreal match, Kyrgios was going to the net and trying to finish off points with volleys. This time, Medvedev didn’t want to let Kyrgios destroy him with volleys.
But Kyrgios found a solution to defeat Medvedev by playing a different kind of tennis.
McEnroe: Kyrgios did an amazing job tactically
“First of all, I’ve said this before, the guy has one of the best serves in tennis history.
The guy was serving 70%, I don’t think people realize he’s the tallest on the tour, how big he serves, how good his second serve is, now he’s backing it big time. If he plays like he did last night, he will win the tournament,” McEnroe told Eurosport.
“The way Kyrgios is serving, I don’t care where you are. If you hang back, did you notice that he started serving and volleying? The guy is a genius on the pitch, he doesn’t need a coach, he did an amazing job tactically.
Medvedev was throwing a lot of things at him. He was saying that Medvedev will play long rallies, it will test him physically and he will win most of those points. Guess what? He didn’t even win most of those [longer] points. When Kyrgios attacks his opponent’s serve, he lets it go a little bit, controls his pace, handles himself well, but he’s also much fitter than ever.» Kyrgios now owns a 4-1 head-to-head against Medvedev. In the quarters US Open final, Kyrgios plays Karen Khachanov.