I’ve beaten Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, world No. 1s before
Nick Kyrgios acknowledged that his Montreal Masters victory over Daniil Medvedev wasn’t his first-ever victory against a world No. 1. On Wednesday, Kyrgios stunned first-seeded Medvedev 6-7 (2) 6-4 6-2 in the Montreal Masters second round.
After the match, Kyrgios noted he is never lacking confidence in himself and that he definitely knows what it takes to beat a world No. 1. “You guys are acting like I haven’t beaten world No. 1s before or something.
Like, I’ve done it before. I’ve beaten Medvedev before. I’ve beaten Roger, Novak, Rafa. Like I feel like my confidence, and my belief in myself is never short. I could lose five matches in a row , and I still believe I have a chance to beat anyone,” Kyrgios said, per Sportskeeda.
Kyrgios gets his revenge against Medvedev
Earlier this year, Medvedev defeated Kyrgios at the Australian Open. Eight months later, Kyrgios avenged his Australian Open loss and he now owns a 3-1 head-to-head versus Medvedev.
“It was a tough match. I didn’t go out there thinking that he was world No. 1,” said Kyrgios. ‘We played each other three times. He’s beaten me once, I’ve beaten him twice. I knew he was feeling confident so I had to come out there with a game style that wasn’t going to give him too much rhythm.
I served and volleyed pretty much every point.” After blowing two set points in the first set, Kyrgios bounced back at the start of the second set by claiming the first break of the match in the opening game of the set.
Kyrgios then held on to his serve the rest of the second set to force a decider. In the third set, Medvedev had a 2-1 lead after the opening three games. Then, Kyrgios claimed back-to-back breaks and won the next five games to complete a three-set victory.