Nick Kyrgios puts doubt on hopes of beating Rafael Nadal at US Open – 'So much pressure'

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Nick Kyrgios has expressed some doubts about beating Rafael Nadal to the US Open title after admitting he is feeling “so much pressure”. The Aussie produced a stunning display to overcome world No 1 Daniil Medvedev on Sunday to secure his first ever quarter-final appearance at Flushing Meadows.

Kyrgios prevailed 7-6(11) 3-6 6-3 6-2 in a blockbuster clash with reigning US Open champion Medvedev to underline his title credentials in New York. The 27-year-old was visibly delighted to have followed up his first ever Grand Slam final appearance at Wimbledon earlier in the summer with another strong showing at a Major, however was quick to dampen his chances of US Open success shortly after his latest win.

The Canberra product poured doubt on hopes he could land his maiden Grand Slam in New York by admitting he is feeling the pressure. Speaking after his eye-catching success over Medvedev, Kyrgios remarked: “It’s a great win.

“But I come off the court and I’m just almost relieved that it’s over because there’s just so much pressure every time I go out on court. So much expectation, so much unpredictability of what I can do.

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Kyrgios would then potentially face a mouth-watering US Open final clash with Nadal, who leads the likes of Cameron Norrie, Andrey Rublev, Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner as the biggest names on the opposite side of the draw. Nadal faces 22nd seed Frances Tiafoe in the round of 16 on Monday.

Kyrgios was scheduled to meet Nadal at the semi-final stage of Wimbledon earlier in the year, however the Spaniard was forced to withdraw ahead of the pair’s eagerly-anticipated encounter due to an abdominal injury. Despite limited tennis in the months since, Nadal remains favourite to claim the US Open crown and add to his 22 Grand Slam titles.

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