Top seed Daniil Medvedev beaten by Nick Kyrgios at US Open
Nick Kyrgios looked to be in control at the start and took the first set, but a tight first set for Daniil Medvedev in the second put the second set in the balance. With the third set going long, it was a repeat of the French Open when Kyrgios looked like he needed to hit a three-set string to get his dream result on clay.
Possible US Open champion Nick Kyrgios will open against Roger Federer at the US Open on Friday.
After losing in the opening round at the French Open to Rafael Nadal, Kyrgios needed to go on a run of five straight titles in order to become the first American male player in Grand Slam history and the first Grand Slam champion since Michael Chang in 1992 to win the French and Australian Opens in the same year.
Kyrgios, seeded fourth, won the US Open in 2013, but finished runner-up when he reached the final at the Australian Open. He lost in the first four rounds in a tough draw at the French Open – the sort that he had lost in before.
Federer is the defending champion at the US Open, with his only loss to the man he is slated to face in a clash of the best on the tour – another title contender, Jiri Vesely.
The 37-year-old Federer has won the 2016 title in Australia, but in 2013 he went down to Nadal in the final in straight sets in New York. He has not beaten his Australian opponent since losing in the second round at Wimbledon in both 2014 and 2015.
This match is billed as a return to the court after the last encounter in Melbourne during the third week of November. It will be the longest gap since Federer went straight from the US Open to Australia and back again to New York during the 2014 season.
The Australian Open final between Federer and Nadal was the longest of all time with a total length of 5.1 days, surpassing the 2.5-day marathon match between Pete Sampras and Roger Berger at Wimbledon in 1988.
The pair are set for a second match after losing in the first round during the US Open with Federer to Djokovic, while Nadal is set to move