Nick Kyrgios shocks Daniil Medvedev at the National Bank Open in Montreal as Jack Draper stuns Stefanos Tsitsipas | Tennis News


Nick Kyrgios continued his career-best form by knocking out world number one Daniil Medvedev at the National Bank Open in Montreal on Wednesday – a win that stunned everyone but the Aussie.

Charged with confidence after his run to the Wimbledon final and win in Washington last week, Kyrgios reacted with dismay to questions suggesting the win should mark some sort of career high.

“You act like I’ve never beaten world number ones before or something like that,” he told reporters in Montreal.

“I’ve done it before. I’ve beaten Medvedev before. I’ve beaten Roger (Federer), Novak (Djokovic), Rafa (Nadal).

“I didn’t go there thinking he was number 1 in the world. We played each other three times. He beat me once, I beat him twice.

“I executed well on the big points today. I feel like my game and my confidence under pressure is at an all time high. That’s really all I did.”

Medvedev was joined by three of the other five seeds in a second-round exit on Wednesday, opening the draw in the US Open warm-up.

The lack of ranking points at Wimbledon this year means Kyrgios is still 37th in the world and unranked in Montreal.

“It’s just a game in the order of things,” he said of the 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-2 win.

“It’s not going to raise my ranking to the top 10. It’s only one game, so I have to prepare for the next one.”

Next up is against compatriot Alex de Minaur in the Round of 16 on Thursday and Kyrgios has said he will continue to give his all in the tune ups rather than resting for Flushing Meadows.

“I think the best way to live my life is to go at it day in and day out, trying to be a little better every day,” he said.

“I could go to the US Open, feel fresh, play against someone on the day who is just too good. Then I’m going to regret not leaving it all out of the tank in Montreal, Cincinnati.”

Kyrgios against the best players

Player Head2Head Registration
Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-1
Alexander Zverev 4-3
Daniil Medvedev 3-1
Rafael Nadal 3-6
Novak Djokovic 2-1
Roger Federer 1-6

American Tommy Paul rallied to beat Spain’s second seed Carlos Alcaraz 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 in another upset.

“For now, all I can say is the first time I couldn’t handle the pressure,” Alcaraz said.

“I felt the pressure of being the number two seed in these kinds of tournaments, number four in the world. It was the first time I felt that pressure, and I couldn’t handle it.”

Britain’s youngster Draper earns his first top 10 victory

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Briton Jack Draper surprised Stefanos Tsitsipas in Montreal

jack draper beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim his first victory over a top-10 player by becoming the third Briton to advance to the third round in Canada.

Draper had to fight back after a break in the second before managing to wrap up the game 7-5 6-4 (7-4) just before 1am in Montreal.

World number 8 Tsitsipas was disappointed with his forehand and committed 40 unforced errors throughout, with Draper taking on 17th seed Gael Monfils later on Thursday for a quarter-final spot.

“That’s why I worked hard, for nights like this on stages like this,” the 20-year-old said in an on-court interview.

“Last week my coach and I probably thought we weren’t even going to come here. Maybe we were going to train for a week, gain some confidence. But it paid off.

“He’s at the top of the game for a reason, someone I’ve looked up to for the past few years. It’s just good to be here and try to express myself on this stage.”

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Dan Evans advanced after defeating a moody Andrey Rublev

Briton #2 Dan Evansmeanwhile, shocked eighth-seeded Andrey Rublev to advance to the last 16 of the tournament for the first time.

The 6-4 6-4 win over the Russian was Evans’ fifth over a top-10 opponent, with the 32-year-old set to face 10th-seeded American Taylor Fritz next.

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 09: Cameron Norrie (GBR) returns the ball during the National Bank ATP Open first round match on August 09, 2022 at IGA Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
Cameron Norrie defeated Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets

Cameron Norrie will face local hero Felix Auger-Aliassime for the second time in a week after the British No.1 beat Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets.

Norrie, who beat the Canadian on Saturday in the semifinals of the Abierto de Tenis Mifel for the first time in five games, qualified with a 6-1 6-2 effort against the Dutchman.

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