Nick Kyrgios ousted by Karen Khachanov in US Open quarterfinal

Nick Kyrgios’ quest for his first Grand Slam title must wait.

The World No. 25 got here out on the flawed finish of a grueling, back-and-forth match that began on Tuesday and ended on Wednesday in opposition to Russia’s Karen Khachanov on Arthur Ashe.

After falling 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6 within the three hour and 39 minute match, Kyrgios, seeded No. 23 on the U.S. Open, threw a match after the loss. He slammed and smashed two rackets on the court docket — breaking each — earlier than exiting the stadium. He additionally smashed and broke a racket in the course of the match.

With the win, Khachanov, the twenty seventh seed, advances to the semifinals of a slam for the primary time. He’ll face No. 5 Casper Ruud on Friday for a berth within the championship match.

“I did it,” he mentioned throughout his on-court interview. “I did it guys.

“It was a loopy match. I used to be anticipating it to be like this. We performed nearly 4 hours, that’s the one method to beat Nick, I feel.”

Kyrgios, who cooled down after the match, gave credit score to Khachanov for the victory.

“I’m clearly devastated,” Kyrgios mentioned. “However all credit score to Karen. He’s a fighter. He’s a warrior. I assumed he served actually good in the present day. Truthfully in all probability the very best server I performed this match, to be sincere, the way in which he was hitting his spots underneath stress.”

The fourth set proved to be probably the most compelling because it noticed ups and downs from each gamers. Kyrgios double-faulted on the final level of the sixth sport to let Khachanov tie it up 3-3, however he additionally slammed an ace within the final level of the eighth sport to even the set 4-4. Regardless of minimizing his errors for many of the match, Khachanov fell behind 3-0 after dropping a 25-shot rally and was largely underwhelming within the tiebreak.

Khachanov merely performed a tighter sport, committing simply 31 unforced errors compared to Kyrgios’ egregious 58. He additionally transformed on 4 of eight break factors, whereas Kyrgios secured two of 9.

“He simply performed the large factors effectively,” Kyrgios mentioned. “Actually wasn’t something in it. I’m simply devastated clearly. Simply really feel prefer it was both profitable all of it or nothing in any respect, to be sincere. I really feel like I’ve simply failed at this occasion proper now. That’s what it appears like.”

After buying and selling off the primary 10 video games of the opening set, Khachanov took a 6-5 lead behind 4 straight aces. And when a double fault from Kyrgios teed Khachanov up for the set level, the Aussie tried to return to the web on the following level earlier than Khachanov lobbed one to the far nook to safe the set.

Kyrgios then wanted a medical timeout to get his left leg tended to. It was clearly bothering Kyrios, who wasn’t enjoying along with his standard aggression and repeatedly reached for his left knee whereas grimacing in the course of the first set.

Mercurial Nick Kyrgios suffered a troublesome five-set U.S. Open quarterfinals loss to Karen Khachanov (inset).
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“I can’t stroll,” Kyrgios mentioned as he referred to as for a coach. “I can’t stroll with out ache, it’s an excessive amount of.”

After the match, Kyrgios considerably downplayed the harm.

“Simply knee sore,” he mentioned. Clearly I’ve been enjoying a variety of tennis the final couple months. … I simply split-stepped and simply tweaked it somewhat bit. Ended up feeling tremendous. I obtained some deep warmth on it. Everyone seems to be carrying a little bit of a niggle proper now. Nothing main.”

The coach rubbed cream on his calf, massaged extensively slightly below his knee and Kyrgios returned for the second set. Throughout his first service sport, nevertheless, Kyrgios turned to his field and expressed with some robust expletives that he didn’t need to play by the harm.

“I actually really feel like s–t,” Kyrgios mentioned after the match. “I really feel like I’ve let so many individuals down.”

This was a highly-anticipated matchup for a lot of causes. Whereas their head-to-head document stood at one match a bit heading into Tuesday evening’s quarterfinal matchup, probably the most memorable showdown between Kyrgios and Khachanov unfolded on Twitter in 2020. Kyrgios was publicly essential of sure tennis stars in the course of the pandemic, particularly Novak Djokovic — who’s unvaccinated standing prevented him from competing within the Open — for his group of the Adria Tour.

Along with calling the Serbian’s actions “boneheaded,” Kyrgios later referred to as Khachanov an “absolute pelican” in the course of the social media spat.

On the court docket, these two had some extremely entertaining battles as effectively. Their most notable match unfolded within the 2020 Australian Open, the place Kyrgios triumphed in a five-set thriller, which noticed 4 tie-breaks. Khachanov took the opposite assembly on the Cincinnati Masters in 2019, when Kyrgios imploded in three units and capped it off by spitting within the route of chair umpire Fergus Murphy.

There was no spitting on this one, however Kyrgios was his standard exuberant self. His feelings have been heightened much more by the harm and a few unruly followers, which culminated in an unsportsmanlike conduct warning after he threw his water bottle following the third set.

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