Nick Kyrgios has his eyes on the big prize after a stunning victory over defending champion Daniil Medvedev to continue his brilliant summer by reaching a first US Open quarter-final.
Making the Wimbledon final has wetted the Australian’s appetite for more success on the big stage and he produced a superb display of power and touch to win 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic to win his maiden grand slam title in New York 12 months ago but he was beaten by the better player under the lights on Arthur Ashe and will now lose the No 1 ranking.
Kyrgios has spoken extensively about the influence of his team and wanting to make the months away from Australia count by finally living up to his enormous talent.
“I’ve been in some really tough situations mentally, and in some really scary places,” said the 27-year-old.
“Obviously if you look at it on paper, I probably wasn’t expected to win that. Maybe take a set or two if I’m lucky. Give the people a show.
“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.
“I just sit there in the locker room after and I’m just super proud of the performance because there was really a time where I didn’t think I was capable of producing and doing this any more.”
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal was eliminated from by Frances Tiafoe, the American No 2, who delivered the finest performance of what has previously been an unfulfilled career.
Striking the ball with great pace and conviction, Tiafoe stormed to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory in 3hr 34min. Nadal later congratulated his opponent for “doing a lot of things well” but admitted that he himself had not been able to generate “interior power” after an injury-wracked build-up.
“I don’t think I pushed him enough to make him feel doubt,” said Nadal. “If you want to be in the quarter-finals of the US Open, you have to do things better.”
When is the US Open?
The tournament began at Flushing Meadows on Monday, August 29 and will finish on Sunday, September 11.
What time will it start?
Play is likely to start on the outside courts at 4pm (BST) in the early rounds and at 5pm on the show courts. Expect the action to last long into the night, potentially beyond midnight depending on the course of each match.
What British players are in action?
In total, seven Britons gained direct entry into the singles draws, although as the tournament reaches the midway point just one remains standing after British No 1 Cameron Norrie reached the fourth round for the first time but was beaten in straight sets by Russian Andrey Rublev on Monday.
Andy Murray reached the third round where he lost in four sets to the big-serving Italian Matteo Berrettini, while rising star Jack Draper‘s run ended when he retired injured in his third-round match with Karen Khachanov.
Kyle Edmund, playing singles at a grand slam for the first time in two years following three knee operations, was knocked out in straight sets by fifth seed Casper Ruud, while 20th seed Dan Evans lost to 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic over four sets in the third round.
In the women’s singles, defending champion Emma Raducanu crashed out in straight sets to Alize Cornet in the first round, while Harriet Dart secured a superb upset win over 10th seed Daria Kasatkina before being dumped out in round two.
What TV channel is it on in the UK?
Amazon Prime Sport has exclusive rights to the US Open. A subscription to Amazon Prime Video costs £7.99 a month, with a 30-day free trial. You can also get unlimited streaming access to Amazon Prime Video as part of a full Amazon Prime membership, which costs £79 a year or, to avoid a lengthy annual contract, £7.99 a month.
Replays will be available around 15 minutes after each match ends and there will be daily highlights.
Alternatively, you can return to follow all the key games on our dedicated live blogs.
How can I watch it in the US?
In the US live coverage of the last grand slam of the year is exclusive to ESPN and ESPN2. However, the Tennis Channel will also show encore matches and other non-live programming.
What is the order of play on day nine?
All times local, -5 hours from BST
Arthur Ashe Stadium
12:00: (13) Matteo Berrettini (Ita) v (5) Casper Ruud (Nor), (5) Ons Jabeur (Tun) v Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus), (12) Cori Gauff (USA) v (17) Caroline Garcia (Fra), (23) Nick Kyrgios (Aus) v (27) Karen Khachanov (Rus)
Louis Armstrong Stadium
11:00: (1) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Joe Salisbury (GB) v Hugo Nys (Mon) & Jan Zielinski (Pol), Marcelo Demoliner (Bra) & Joao Sousa (Por) v (2) Wesley Koolhof (Ned) & Neal Skupski (Gbr), Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) & Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa) v (10) Nicole Melichar (USA) & Ellen Perez (Aus), (6) Nikola Mektic (Cro) & Mate Pavic (Cro) v (3) Marcelo Arevalo (Esa) & Jean-Julien Rojer (Ned)
11:00: (3) Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) & Katerina Siniakova (Cze) v (5) Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Giuliana Olmos (Mex), Catherine McNally (USA) & William Blumberg (USA) v Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) & David Vega Hernandez (Spa), (4) Storm Sanders (Aus) & John Peers (Aus) v Leylah Annie Fernandez (Can) & Jack Sock (USA), (13) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col) v (11) Lloyd Glasspool (Gbr) & Harri Heliovaara (Fin).
How can I buy US Open tickets?
US Open tickets are currently on general sale and can be purchased on the official tournament website.
How much money does the winner receive?
Both the men’s and women’s singles champion will receive a cheque for $2,500,000 so just over £2.2 million.
Who are the defending champions?
Russian Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets in last year’s men’s final, while Emma Raducanu secured the women’s title in fairytale fashion – but has not won a tournament since.
What are the latest odds?
Nick Kyrgios 11/8
Carlos Alcaraz 5/2
Jannik Sinner 6/1
Matteo Berrettini 8/1
Iga Swiatek 2/1
Caroline Garcia 9/2
Coco Gauff 11/2
Ons Jabeur 7/1
Odds correct as of September 5