VideoKaren Khachanov reached the semi-finals for the first time in a Grand Slam tournament. The Russian ranked 27th in the rankings defeated Nick Kyrgios in the US Open by five sets long, the Australian who has since been seen as the frontrunner. The group scores were 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7 (3) 6-4.
The 26-year-old will compete with Norway’s Casper Ruud for a place in this year’s Grand Slam final. Kyrgios, the 23rd seed and finalist at Wimbledon last summer, beat defending champion Daniil Medvedev in the previous round.
Khachanov was the best in the decisive moments. For example, he saved himself seven times at the nine stopping points, mostly thanks to his hard serve. “It was a crazy match, as I expected,” said the Russian, who was not with the crowd. I’m always ready to run and fight to play five sets. We had another party for about 4 hours. That’s the only way to beat Nick, I think.”
Kyrgios, known for his temper and the pressure he puts on his opponent, started the match remarkably poorly and watched Khachanov score the first set with a powerful kick. The Australian, the tennis player with the most victories since June, received treatment for his left knee and appeared unable to walk with his suspension, hinting he was retiring. But thanks to the break, he got the second set and his mood seemed to change.
Khachanov won the third set and Kyrgios fourth after a tiebreak. But the Australian started the decisive fifth set with a loss in the service. It was the prelude to a painful defeat that caused Kyrgios to crush some rackets. “I feel like I’ve let a lot of people down now,” said the loser, and I felt “devastated.” “The Grand Slam tournaments are the only ones that really matter. I feel like I have to start over.”
French Caroline Garcia qualified for the semi-finals of the US Open. She did so by defeating American teenager Coco Gauff in straight sets: 6-3, 6-4. Thus Garcia followed in the footsteps of Amelie Mauresmo and Marie Pierce, the only other French tennis players to make it to the last four in New York in the modern era.
For 28-year-old Garcia, this is the first time she has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. In the five matches she’s played in New York so far, she has yet to drop a set. For a place in the final fight, she first has to deal with Anas Jabeur, a Tunisian who was in the final at Wimbledon last summer. Jaber defeated Australian Agla Tomljanovic in the quarter-finals, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
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