US Open Day 9 Preview: Nick Kyrgios Meets Karen Khachanov | ATP Tour

Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov meet within the quarter-finals on the US Open on Tuesday night time in New York. The Australian is seeking to again up his beautiful fourth-round triumph towards 2021 champion Daniil Medvedev.

Casper Ruud additionally takes on Matteo Berrettini, the place the Norwegian seeks to take care of his problem for the No. 1 spot within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

ATPTour.com previews the quarter-final motion on Day 9 at Flushing Meadows.

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[23] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. [27] Karen Khachanov

Kyrgios and Khachanov’s sole earlier Grand Slam assembly was a memorable one. The Australian wanted 4 hours and 26 minutes to beat Khachanov in a outstanding 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 6-7(7), 7-6(8) victory on the 2020 Australian Open.

Regardless of producing what he later described as ‘in all probability probably the most boneheaded play of all time’ towards Daniil Medvedev within the fourth spherical in New York on Sunday, Kyrgios delievered an in any other case glowing efficiency on Arthur Ashe Stadium to down the World No. 1 and set a second assembly on the majors with twenty seventh seed Khachanov.

Kyrgios has discovered his finest stage on Tour in latest months, posting 19-3 on the North American laborious courts following his run to a maiden Grand Slam closing at Wimbledon in July. The Australian says he’s feeding off his sturdy run of outcomes as he chases his first main title in New York.

“Clearly profitable helps. I have been profitable loads this 12 months,” mentioned Kyrgios after his Medvedev win. “The motivation has been there. It is simple to coach. It is simpler to get up clearly when issues are going nice. I used to be simply actually sick of letting folks down. I do not know, simply feeling like that. I really feel like I am making folks proud now.”

Like Kyrgios, the World No. 31 Khachanov has superior to the quarter-finals in New York for the primary time. The 26-year-old outlasted Pablo Carreno Busta in a fourth-round epic on Sunday and is hopeful that he has turned a nook at Flushing Meadows, the place he held a 5-6 match document earlier than this 12 months’s match.

“To be sincere, I had in 2018 a extremely nice match towards Rafa (a third-round conflict) and good reminiscences,” mentioned Khachanov. “However then after that, not so good performances in New York, so I used to be a bit bit nervous this 12 months as a result of I wished to do nicely, and I really feel like I’m taking part in good tennis.”

[5] Casper Ruud (NOR) vs. [13] Matteo Berrettini (ITA)

Fifth seed Ruud is exploring new territory in New York, and in additional methods than one.

The Norwegian has superior to the US Open quarter-finals for the primary time with a sequence of battling performances this fortnight, whereas the fifth seed additionally is aware of that victory towards thirteenth seed Berrettini on Tuesday will carry him two spots to No. 2 within the Pepperstone ATP Stay Rankings.

The 23-year-old might change into the brand new World No. 1 if he reaches the championship match at Flushing Meadows, however he’s cautious of the risk posed by Berrettini. Ruud edged the Italian in three units in Gstaad in July to carry his ninth tour-level title and believes that his capacity to counter Berrettini’s enormous serve might be key to his probabilities of a repeat success in Tuesday’s quarter-final.

”After we performed in Gstaad it was actually quick situations despite the fact that it was on clay, and it was bouncing loads,” mentioned Ruud, who leads Berrettini 3-2 within the pair’s ATP Head2Head sequence. “So a lot of the instances I stayed in and tried this technique, which did not work for all of the match, however ultimately I used to be in a position to win some key moments on it.

“Let’s examine. That you must clearly guess proper generally, and type of see in the event you can attempt to learn the place he is going.”

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Ruud’s previous-best displaying in New York, a third-round look in 2020, was ended by Berrettini in straight units. The Italian demonstrated he may also robust issues out if required in his fourth-round victory towards Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Sunday, when he prevailed in 5 units after three hours, 45 minutes.

That win improved the 2019 semi-finalist’s document on the US Open to 16-4, and he spoke afterwards concerning the significance of staying on the entrance foot towards Ruud as he seeks to avenge the loss in Gstaad.

“I believe the hot button is to be aggressive earlier than him,” mentioned Berrettini. “I’ll attempt to make him run and never gonna run an excessive amount of. The important thing I believe is to be aggressive, to make use of my weapons, my serve, clearly my forehand.”

The match can be important for each gamers’ hopes of qualifying for November’s Nitto ATP Finals. Ruud at the moment sits in fourth place within the Pepperstone ATP Stay Race To Turin, whereas Berrettini is in thirteenth.

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