Nick Kyrgios’s U.S. Open Run Ends One Match After Beating the Top Seed

Karen Khachanov of Russia needed five sets to put Kyrgios away, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4. He will play Casper Ruud of Norway in the semifinals on Friday.

For the third consecutive day, one of the top-seeded men or a heavy favorite exited the 2022 U.S. Open.

In a match that began Tuesday night and ended in the small hours Wednesday morning, Nick Kyrgios lost to Karen Khachanov of Russia in five sets 

 in a duel between two of the hardest hitters in the game, but also two players whose minds have often gotten in the way of the success that so many predicted for them when they were teenagers.

The loss, punctuated with him smashing rackets on the court as he has often done,

left Kyrgios as sad as he has been in a long while, sadder than after he lost the Wimbledon final earlier this summer.

“I feel like I’ve let so many people down,” he said. “It’s just devastating. Like, it’s heartbreaking. Not just for me, but for everyone that I know that wants me to win.”