Daniil Medvedev wins US Open as wild card entry

Top seed Daniil Medvedev beaten by Nick Kyrgios at US Open

Daniil Medvedev has won his fourth major when he beats Nick Kyrgios at the US Open, becoming the first player to claim a major as a qualifier, and becoming the first since Ken Rosewall in 1966 to win in the US Open as a qualifier.

As the only wild-card entry at the 2017 US Open, the 19-year-old Russia will compete for a chance at the season-ending, ATP World Tour 500 title with a runner-up showing this week at the US Open.

Medvedev was the only player at the 2017 US Open to have never won a major.

A late surge from Kyrgios produced a seven-shot lead in the opening set, then kept on battling until the final game. However, Medvedev finally broke home, winning the title in three sets, with a 3-1, 3-0, 6-3, 7-6 (7-6) victory.

“I don’t feel like I’ve been playing great tennis this week,” said Medvedev in his first public comments since beating a player who has spent most of the season outside the top 20 of the ATP rankings.

“Obviously, coming from the qualifiers I know it’s not the way that you like to start the tournament,” added Medvedev. “But I’m so happy I won the tournament and just being the first guy to win a major in a qualifier.”

“I know I can beat anybody,” said Kyrgios, who became the first player in the Open era to win four majors from the qualifiers. “I’ve been putting the work in to get to the top.”

As the only wild card entry this year at the US Open, Medvedev will compete to earn a wild card by winning his round-robin matches with his fellow countrymen in the qualification draw.

With only one spot available for the first-place finisher in the US Open qualifiers, the 2017 champion will be the first player in the Open era to win a major without qualifying.

Kyrgios, the 2017 US Open champion, was the only player to win a major as a qualifier since

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