Nick Kyrgios has sparked fears he could retire injured in his US Open quarter-final after calling the physio to court. The 23rd seed had been grabbing his knee and stretching his leg out throughout the first set and told his team he “can’t walk” as he sat down after losing the opener 7-5, needing medical attention.
Kyrgios is playing his first-ever US Open quarter-final after upsetting world No 1 and reigning champion Daniil Medvedev in the previous round. Early on in the clash with Khachanov, the Aussie could be seen stretching and shaking out his left leg before grabbing his left knee during the changeovers.
The 27-year-old persisted and was able to stay hot on the Russian’s heels during the opening set, using his serve to keep him out of trouble while hitting an uncharacteristic number of backhand unforced errors. But disaster struck when he was broken from 40-30 up to lose the set 7-5 and he finally called the physio to receive attention on his knee.
The recent Wimbledon finalist could be heard continuously telling his team: “I can’t walk. Like, I can’t walk.” He received a medical time out as the physio worked on his troublesome left knee and continued playing but cast doubts over whether he would see the match as he told his box he didn’t want to play through the pain.
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