Tuesday, September 27, 2022

US Open: Medvedev in fourth round

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev set up a fourth-round meeting with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios with a straightforward 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory over Chinese qualifier Wu Yibing.
The Russian was far too strong for his 22-year-old opponent as he fired 12 aces and converted six out of 12 break points to comfortably progress. Wu was the first Chinese man in US Open history to reach the third round. But he struggled to cope with the relentless pressure from Medvedev.
Medvedev is aiming to become the first player to win consecutive US Open titles since Roger Federer’s run of five between 2004-08.
But a defeat by Wimbledon runner-up Kyrgios in the next round would see Medvedev lose his number one ranking. Both Australian Open and French Open winner Rafa Nadal and rising star Carlos Alcaraz could top the men’s rankings after the tournament.
Kyrgios continued his progress with victory over JJ Wolf. The Australian beat his American opponent 6-4 6-2 6-3.
Murray eliminated
Andy Murray’s latest Week 1 exit at a Grand Slam tournament did not discourage him. The three-time major champion still thinks he can go toe-to-toe with the best in men’s tennis — even after two hip operations, even as the years without a trip past the third round at any of the sport’s biggest events stretch on.
After bowing out at that stage of the U.S. Open with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-3 loss across more than 3 1/2 hours against 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini on Friday, Murray chose to look on the bright side.
Berrettini, a big hitter who reached the 2019 semifinals at Flushing Meadows, dominated in just about every statistical way at Arthur Ashe Stadium.