Karen Khachanov speaks on facing Nick Kyrgios at US Open

Khachanov and Kyrgios set to meet in the US Open quarterfinal.

Karen Khachanov acknowledged that Nick Kyrgios is a real deal now as he admits a difficult task is ahead of him at the US Open. On Sunday, Khachanov defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-3 to progress into his first US Open quarterfinal.

There, Khachanov will be meeting Kyrgios for the third time in his career. Kyrgios, who reached his first Grand Slam final at this past Wimbledon, is again having a strong Major run. “I mean, Nick said by himself that he doesn’t recognize himself in a way how professional he is right now,” Khachanov said.

“I think the Wimbledon showed him if he does the things like he does now which kind of level he has, what he’s capable of. Obviously everybody knows that, the way he’s serving. I think the thing would be the same for me, focus on serve, keep the serve.

In rallies we have the same, equal chances. It will be always the question of how the point starts, with the serve and return.”

Khachanov wants to beat Kyrgios and continue his US Open run

Leading up to the US Open, Khachanov played three tournaments and didn’t have any notable results.

But Khachanov has found his game when it matters the most and he is enjoying a good US Open run. Khachanov, 26, will be aiming to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal when he meets Kyrgios at the US Open. “In US Open I wanted to do well.

Also I felt like I was playing good level overall lately, since the second part of clay season. I was playing more consistent. I had better results, like reaching quarterfinals, semifinals. I wanted to do one more step to have bigger results.

I’m right now in a good state of mind, good level of tennis. I’m really happy to reach first time quarterfinals here in New York,” Khachanov said. It remains to be seen if Khachanov can upset Kyrgios and reach the US Open semifinal.

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