Nick Kyrgios takes out frustration on his racket at the US Open

NNick Kyrgios let all the frustration out on his racket, threw his bag over his shoulder and then stomped out of the suddenly quite quiet Arthur Ashe Stadium: The entertainer of the tennis scene has his chance at a first Grand Slam title in the quarterfinals the US Open playful.

The 27-year-old had to admit defeat 5: 7, 6: 4, 5: 7, 7: 6 (7: 3), 4: 6 to the Russian Karen Chatschanov, who was still fighting and was correspondingly frustrated. For his opponent, silver medalist from Tokyo 2021, it is the biggest success in a Grand Slam so far.

“I’m very proud of myself”

“Now you’re showing me a little affection after all,” Khachanov then said in the direction of the audience, most of whom had stood by Kyrgios: “I was ready to run five sets and fight. I’m very proud of myself, I stayed focused from start to finish.”

Chatschanov now meets Casper Ruud. The Norwegian also kept his chance to jump to the top of the world rankings with a highly convincing 6: 1, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 4) against the Italian Matteo Berrettini. “I don’t want to think too much about the number one,” says Ruud: “Of course every boy dreams of it.”

Ruud needs to reach at least the final to pass Rafael Nadal. If he then meets the top talent Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday, who first has to solve his quarter-final against Jannik Sinner on Wednesday (local time), the winner would take the top position in the ranking. Russia’s Andrej Rublew and crowd favorite Frances Tiafoe determine the fourth semi-finalist.

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