Stunning Karen Khachanov eliminates Nick Kyrgios in five sets to reach semi-finals – OA Sport

A surprising shot of Karen Khachanov at the US Open. The Russian, after three hours and 39 minutes of a great fight and against the entire Arthur Ashe Stadium, managed to beat the player who was now considered by everyone to be the number one favorite of the tournament, the Australian. Nick Kyrgios. 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4 Final score that allows him to play for a place in the final chapter with the Norwegian Casper Road.

There are those who have pointed out that in the previous two kings, six of the eight sets played ended in the tiebreak. It also appears that this fate in the first set certainly does not stand out for the excitement of the crowd, given that only up to 6-5 Khachanov in the fourth match, with Kyrgios serving, gets 30. After the perfect match for the Russian in the eleventh game, instead of the inning Clincher, we go to fight in the twelfth inning, Khachanov found a big ball that allows him To take 7-5 home in 35 minutes.

Despite problems with his left calf that don’t reassure him much, which lead him to seek a medical break and speak somewhat lightly with his corner, Kyrgios finds the strength to move forward and how. Although in trouble, he was the first to escape 2-1 in the second set, and managed to maintain the advantage until the end and 6-4, Although having to put three group points to close.

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The Australian twice has a chance to turn the match in their favor in the third game: in the opener he loses two break points, but the biggest regret is the one at 4-4, when Khachanov returns from 15-40 to save a superb goal. Game. Immediately after that, he has a couple of points set, but at first he makes a mistake in huge proportions, and risks giving up everything. The opportunity, however, returns to him soon after and he does not allow himself to pray for: 7-5, also by virtue of Kyrgios’ infamous choices.

In the fourth set, the two elegantly decided to exchange the break in the fifth and sixth inning, with the possibility of extending to 4-4 by breaking the ball. However, Khachanov is good at putting him off by sending him the winner. We go into the tiebreak, and the Australian has already won three in New York and doesn’t even disappoint this time: the fourth arrives definitively 7-3 and we go, therefore, to the critical group.

The record, in theory, would give Kyrgios the favorite: 11-3 to 7-8 in 2022. Only to immediately deny the question, however, Khachanov immediately grabbed the joke, in the first game, then saved himself in the second and in the fourth Opportunities for opposing fracture. The Aussie tries it all, even when he can save two base break points at 2-4, but he no longer finds the key to the problem and ends up getting caught in the Russian web. For the first time in a Grand Slam semi-final after last year’s Olympic silver medal.

Despite the large number of aces for both (31 Kyrgios, 30 Khachanov), the Russian is more solid, also due to his better physical condition: 63 winners and 31 free errors against the Australian 75-58. It also finds more first in the field (72%-60%), but is less perceptible in the second (47%-64%).

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