Nick Kyrgios has rediscovered himself this season and has started justifying his talent which was promised over the years. He has had a good season so far where he made it to his maiden grand slam final in Wimbledon. He then won the Citi Open title last week at Washington and this week in Montreal, he gets the better of World No.1, Daniil Medvedev, in three sets 6-7(1),6-4,6-2 in the second round.
This was Kyrgios’ third victory over Medvedev in 4 meetings and has once again proven why he can beat anybody on the given day. Earlier this year, he defeated the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, and Casper Ruud. After his win against Medvedev, Kyrgios talked about his strategy and emphasized on how the serve and volley game came in handy for him.
“Today I had a very clean objective of how I was going to play, a lot of serve-and-volley, a lot of aggressive play from the back,” Kyrgios said. “I executed better than he did, that’s all it comes down to. He won the first set and I feel like I had opportunities there as well, so hopefully, I can just keep this rolling.”
‘I could lose 5 matches in a row and I still believe I have a chance to beat anyone’: Nick Kyrgios
Kyrgios holds a very good record against the big names. He has a positive Head-to-Head record against Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Djokovic and has also beaten Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. So needless to say, Kyrgios has tasted success at the biggest of the stages. So when he was questioned about beating World No.1 numerous times, he snapped and told that people were acting like he has beaten World No.1 for the first time. He added that he has beaten the Big 3 too and hence he is always high on confidence.
“You are acting like I haven’t beaten world no.1 before. I’ve beaten Medvedev before. I’ve beaten Roger, Novak, Rafa. I feel my confidence and my belief in myself is never short. I could lose 5 matches in a row and I still believe I have a chance to beat anyone,” Kyrgios said.
Kyrgios will now take on fellow Australian Alex De Minaur in the Round of 16 on Thursday. Given that now Medvedev is out of the draw, Kyrgios has a very good chance to go deep in the tournament this week.