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Nick Kyrgios has insisted that he is ‘still trying to figure out’ how he has managed to turn his career around after beating Daniil Medvedev to reach the last eight of this year’s US Open. The 27-year-old, who played in his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon back in July, defeated Medvedev in four sets to become the first player to overcome the world No 1 twice in the same year since 1987.

The result marked the latest in a series of recent high points for Kyrgios, who has emerged as one of the leading players on the tour thanks to his improved on-court performances over the course of this year. He revealed after his victory over Medvedev that he is still trying to pinpoint how he has managed to change his fortunes over the last few months as he looks to challenge for the grand prize at the US Open.

“I am still trying to figure it out,” said Kyrgios. “I’m still working hard every day, getting to sleep, I probably would be out every night, I’ve got a great girlfriend and my team. I’m really happy and hopeful I can take the gold.

“I just don’t want to let them down. We’ve been on the road for four months, and I want to go all the way before going home to Australia.”

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Kyrgios will now prepare to face Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows as he aims to follow up his latest victory over Medvedev with another impressive triumph on the Grand Slam stage. He is determined to approach the rest of the tournament on a match-by-match basis, though, and is not allowing himself to get carried away by the possibility of reaching the final or even lifting the prestigious trophy.

“I’ll take it one match at a time,” added Kyrgios. “Losing Wimbledon was hard to swallow, but I’ve got doubles tomorrow with the beautiful [Thanasi] Kokkinakis and I am excited about that.

“I’m just glad I am able to show New York my talent, the work and the dedication finally, it took me 27 years.”

Kyrgios will remain outside the world’s top five even if he manages to win this year’s US Open, while Medvedev is set to lose his No 1 ranking as a result of his latest defeat at the hands of his Australian rival. The former will be desperate to go all the way at Flushing Meadows in order to join the esteemed list of Grand Slam winners but will undoubtedly face a tough test in doing so, with the likes of Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz still in the tournament.

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