Daniil Medvedev: “Kyrgios? More or less at the level of Rafa and Novak”

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Daniil Medvedev: “Kyrgios?  More or less at the level of Rafa and Novak”

“How do you analyze your defeat against Nick Kyrgios (7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2) in the round of 16 of the US Open?
Nick played well. It was pretty balanced until the third set and then he started to take over. Physically, I started to feel worse. It probably made the difference. Today I felt a little sick. I always get sick in the United States because of the air conditioning on full blast. Last year, it was in Cincinnati, which was a good thing because it’s rare to get sick twice in two or three weeks.

In the players’ lounge, I can cover up, but in the locker room, it must be 20°C. You shower or you sweat then you arrive, you rest for five minutes, you can get sick. I had a little sore throat. It may have played a little physically, but that’s no excuse, Nick played well… And he beat me in Montreal without me getting sick!

Is this the best Kyrgios you’ve faced?
He had already played well in Montreal. It was a very high level game for him. I faced Novak (Djokovic) and Rafa (Nadal), they play amazingly. Nick more or less played at their level in my opinion, in a different style. He has an incredible serve, but from the baseline, you have no assurance of winning the point. He plays well, he knows how to do everything. If he continues like this, he can go to the end. I would have liked him to miss a little more (smile). He served very well, he made some great drop shots.

“It was the last Grand Slam of the year, I wasn’t good enough. I should have done better. I could have won in Australia, I didn’t.

At the end of the first set, you attacked Kyrgios’ box. What happened ?
It happened only once, at 6-5 for him in the first set, 40-30 on my serve. Before my second serve, someone shouted: “Come on, you’ll have it! » It’s not nice. You shouldn’t do that when you’re in the opponent’s box before a second serve. I told the referee. I respect them, there is no problem. It only happened once, it probably wasn’t on purpose.

You will no longer be world number 1 after the US Open. How disappointing is that?
I no longer thought about it! It’s not the first thing that comes to mind after a Grand Slam defeat. But that’s not cool. I’m trying to save face, but I’m disappointed. I’m not going to cry, but it’s disappointing. I’m going to be a little sad for a few days, my head in my phone, on my computer or watching series.

What will I be, 3rd, 4th? Carlos (Alcaraz) will overtake me? I don’t know, honestly. But it motivates me to do better. It was the last Grand Slam of the year, I wasn’t good enough. I should have done better. I could have won in Australia, I didn’t. I couldn’t play at Wimbledon. At Roland-Garros, round of 16. Here, the same. I should have done better. »

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