US Open Second Service: Daniil Medvedev calls out Kyrgios team member as Tiafoe declares “I’m ready for Rafa”
Looking back on the big news in our exclusive ‘US Open Second Service’… Daniil Medvedev called out Nick Kyrgios’ team member “That’s not nice” as Frances Tiafoe declares “I’m ready for Rafa” ahead of their match later today plus more…
To start, Daniil Medvedev was knocked out of the US Open by Nick Kyrgios but the match wasn’t without controversy including an incident involving the Australian’s support team that the Russian wasn’t impressed about
“It was 6-5 for him, first set, 40-30 on my serve. Just before the second serve somebody from his box was, ‘C’mon, get him’.
“That’s not nice. You shouldn’t do it when you’re in the other’s box before the second serve. I told this to the umpire. I don’t know who exactly it was. People who I see from him, actually must be honest, I don’t know their names, but we just talked in the locker room. So I respect them like probably I respect almost every other team.
In other news, Victoria Azarenka has spoken up about the problems of player-coach dynamics on the WTA tour after advancing to the fourth round of the US Open.
Azarenka, who is a prominent member of the WTA player council, spoke after defeating Petra Martic in the third round.
“It’s a very sensitive subject, because you won’t hear those stories unless players come out and tell those stories,” she explained. “It happens right and left on the tour, which is unfortunate.
“Our job is to be better at safeguarding. [On the] player council, it’s almost like the number one subject to us. Because we see those vulnerable young ladies that getting taken advantage of in different situations.
Furthermore, Mats Wilander believes Coco Gauff is ready to win the US Open, saying there are ‘no holes’ in her game.
After watching her beat Zhang Shuai 7-5, 7-5 to move menacingly into the quarterfinals, Wilander thinks she can go one better in New York.
“Both Coco Gauff and Zhang were hitting the ball as hard as they could today, but the difference is Coco Gauff she can do that, but also defend,” Wilander told Eurosport.
“Her court coverage is absolutely brilliant and she is as good on the backhand side as she is on the forehand.
And lastly, Rafael Nadal will have his hands full against a fired up Frances Tiafoe in the US Open fourth round as the 22nd seed is relishing the chance to knock off the world number three.
Though the 24-year-old American has not defeated the 22-time Major champion in their previous two meetings, he is a changed player since then.
“I’m definitely a different player from 2019, playing much better,” Tiafoe explained after downing Schwartzman. “I’m not going to have that first time playing him [feeling], [I’m] just excited to play.
“I’m ready. I mean, I’m excited,” he reiterated. “We’re going to play on Ashe. The best court in tennis. I’ll be ready to give my best stuff.”
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