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Kyrgios and Medvedev Dominate in US and Mexico Victories

Nick Kyrgios and Daniil Medvedev added to their title count, winning the Washington and Los Cabos Masters, respectively.

Each snapped a tournament dry spell, with Kyrgios not winning an event since Washington 2019 and Medvedev since the US Open in 2021.

On Sunday, Kyrgios was up against Yoshihito Nishioka in the ATP 500 event, who he last faced in the Round of 16 during the successful 2019 tournament run. Like last time, the Australian was able to swiftly dispatch Nishioka in straight sets for a 6-4, 6-3 score.

Kyrgios had his usual casual and easy air about him, making defensive moments relaxed and unhurried. He had plenty of time to get to the ball and put it back in play, while Nishioka became frustrated and tried to hit with more power, but only caused more unforced errors.

Kyrgios’s backhand remained versatile, changing the spin and depth of the ball. This sometimes forced Nishioka to move a little too far forward, trapping him in no man’s land and leaving him unable to defend or attack.

Kyrgios also used the shorter backhand angle to squeeze winners past Nishioka’s ad-side when he wasn’t expecting it.

Inevitably, Kyrgios mixed his baseline game with crowd-pleasing lobs and drop shots, making it hard for Nishioka to anticipate his opponent’s next move. Hard and flat groundstrokes came after Kyrgios’s drop shots which set up the point for victory, hitting into open space.

Flat and powerful serving similarly put Kyrgios in a good position, eliciting a weak response from Nishioka. Further variation came from kick serves that bounced high on the hard court, stretched Nishioka out wide and put him immediately on the defensive.

Eventually, Kyrgios was able to break in the final game, sealing his seventh tournament 6-4, 6-3.

Kyrigos vs Nishioka, Citi Open Match Stats

 
Yoshihito Nishioka
Nick Kyrgios

Aces
3
12

Double Faults
1
4

First Serve
35/64 (55%)
25/50 (50%)

1st Serve Points Won
25/35 (71%)
22/25 (88%)

2nd Serve Points Won
13/29 (45%)
16/25 (64%)

Break Points Saved
2/5 (40%)
1/1 (100%)

Service Games Played
10
9

1st Serve Return Points Won
3/25 (12%)
10/35 (29%)

2nd Serve Return Points Won
9/25 (36%)
16/29 (55%)

Break Points Converted
0/1 (0%)
3/5 (60%)

Return Games Played
9
10

Net Points Won
4/7 (57%)
9/13 (69%)

Winners
11
32

Unforced Errors
10
20

Service Points Won
38/64 (59%)
38/50 (76%)

Return Points Won
12/50 (24%)
26/64 (41%)

Total Points Won
50/114 (44%)
64/114 (56%)

Max Speed
190km/h / 118mph
218km/h / 135mph

1st Serve Average Speed
169km/h / 105mph
199km/h / 123mph

2nd Serve Average Speed
131km/h / 81mph
175km/h / 108mph

Kyrgios vs Nishioka, Washington 2022 Highlights

Medvedev Lands Los Cabos Title

Only the day before, on Saturday, Medvedev battled Cameron Norrie to win the ATP 250 event in Los Cabos, Mexico.

This broke Medvedev’s streak of losing five finals in a row; the 2021 Paris Masters against Novak Djokovic, the ATP Finals against Alexander Zverev, the 2022 Australian Open against Rafael Nadal, the ‘s-Hertogenbosch Masters against Tim van Rijthoven and the Halle Masters against Hubert Hurkcaz.

This will be of great relief to Medvedev fans wishing him well for the US Open, as the Russian has reaffirmed his abilities on hard courts after he lost four of his five finals on that surface.

At Los Cabos, Medvedev briskly catapulted Norrie out of the running, finishing the match in under an hour and a half with a 7-5, 6-0 scoreline.

Medvedev had great movement and was lively on his feet, covering any angled approach shot made by Norrie, and was able to reach short balls.

In what is the widest court setting I have ever seen, the feet of space between the baseline and the back wall enabled Medvedev to defend superbly. He often took a deep returning position and, using his pinpoint accuracy, won the point outright or put Norrie on the back foot.

Powerful serve-plus-one tactics outfoxed Norrie, who, by comparison, seemed less nimble to track down balls that were far away. Even Medvedev’s looping topspin forehands were too fast for Norrie to reach.

In the main, the Russian kept to a flat forehand with minimal spin, skidding through the court and making balls difficult for Norrie to pick up.

As Medvedev’s confidence grew, he stepped closer inside the line and moved Norrie from corner to corner.

At 5-5 in the first set, Norrie had just reeled off four games in a row, but errors crept back into his game, handing Medvedev another break for 6-5 and the chance to serve out the set.

After successfully taking it 7-5, the new set began, and Medvedev kept up his attack. Still fizzing with energy in the last game, he unloaded on a serve out wide to Norrie’s backhand, forcing an error to bagel the Brtit and take the title.

Medvedev vs Norrie, Los Cabos 2022 Match Stats

 
Daniil Medvedev
Cameron Norrie

Aces
5
0

Double Faults
1
3

First Serve
333/49 (67%)
33/54 (61%)

1st Serve Points Won
22/33 (67%)
14/33 (42%)

2nd Serve Points Won
11/16 (69%)
9/21 (43%)

Break Points Saved
0/2 (0%)
4/10 (40%)

Service Games Played
9
9

1st Serve Return Points Won
19/33 (58%)
11/33 (33%)

2nd Serve Return Points Won
12/21 (57%)
5/16(41%(

Break Points Converted
5/10 (60%)
2/2 (100%)

Return Games Played
9
9

Service Points Won
33/49 (67%)
23/54 (43%)

Return Points Won
31/54 (57%)
16/49 (33%)

Total Points Won
64/103 (62%)
39/103 (38%)

Medvedev vs Norrie, Los Cabos 2022 Higlights

Can Kyrgios use his Wimbledon final experience and another tournament victory to spur on further titles?

Has Medvedev’s proficiency on hard courts indeed returned? Can his bad patch in finals be over?

And how far do these events portend success for both players at the US Open? Leave your comments below. 

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