Nick Kyrgios claimed the biggest scalp of his blistering winning streak on Wednesday as he upset the world no Daniel Medvedev 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2 at heavyweight National Bank Open Presented by Rogers Second round duel in Montreal.
Kyrgios’ frequently used serve-and-volley tactic to exploit the defending champion’s deep positioning on the return and the strategy largely paid off for the Australian, who claimed his seventh ATP Tour title in Washington on Sunday. Kyrgios only had two breaks during the two-hour encounter at the ATP Masters 1000 event.
“This is the fourth clash we’ve had and I’ve had some successes against him in the past,” said Kyrgios, who improved his ATP Head2Head series record against Medvedev to 3-1 with the win. “But he’s hit me before [as well]. I feel like we know each other’s games well. I’m not the type of player to go into this game and look at the rankings or anything, it’s just who I’m playing against and what kind of ball they’re giving me.”
After securing his run to his first Grand Slam final Wimbledon With the title win in Washington in June, Kyrgios has now won 14 of his last 15 matches. The win over Medvedev lifts the Australian to 31st place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings.
Kyrgios had shown resilience to the bounce after disappointment at losing the opening set in Montreal, where he had two set points on Medvedev’s 5-4 serve but failed to convert. An early break in set number two proved crucial as the Australian continued to dominate behind his performance and the match levelled.
“Today I had a very clear goal of how I was going to play, a lot of serve and volley, a lot of aggressive play from behind,” said Kyrgios. “I played better than him, that’s all there is to it. He won the first set and I feel like I had chances there too so hopefully I can just keep going.”
Despite struggling to find his top level, Medvedev was able to carve out his first two break point chances of the game in the second game of the decider. Yet Kyrgios’ determined strides forward kept the world no The network had won points.
The victory is Kyrgios’ second victory over a reigning world No. 1 after defeating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2014. He meets Countryman Alex from Minaur in the third round in Quebec, a stage Kyrgios has never progressed past in the Canadian Masters 1000 event.