Daniil Medvedev is ‘not friends’ with Nick Kyrgios and is ‘surprised’ at how he’s turned around his career
World no.1 Daniil Medvedev will face a resurgent Nick Kyrgios in the US Open fourth round and believes it’s great for tennis that the Wimbledon finalist has become a ‘little bit of a serious professional”
Russian Daniil Medvedev will have to reverse a losing trend if he’s to progress to the last 16 of this year’s US Open as he enters the match against Australian bad boy Nick Kyrgios having lost three of their last four encounters.
After coming through 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 against Wu Yibing in the third round, Medvedev was asked about the prospect of facing a player in Kyrgios who’s managed to become more professional about the way he treats his career in recent months, Medvedev said,
“We all knew that (Nick’s) capable of doing big things. I mean, one of the best serves I saw in my life. I played Ivo (Karlovic). Ivo has definitely amazing serve. Nick is not far. Capable of serving 140 miles per hour if he wants to. Pretty precise. We always knew on a day he’s capable of beating anybody. He proved it many, many times against the biggest players in the world.
“With COVID he was a little bit going downhill. When somebody is like this, you don’t know when to expect a comeback, or to expect one. So I’m definitely surprised, and the same time we could think that it’s going to happen.
“So congrats to him. He seems concentrated about his career. I feel like sometimes he doesn’t want to show it too much. But that’s what I feel, he wants to be a little bit serious professional. That’s great for him and great for tennis.”
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