Nick Kyrgios picks his US Open winner and it’s not Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal, or himself

Nick Kyrgios at a post-match press interview

Nick Kyrgios has put his neck on the line and picked his US Open winner and he didn’t select himself, defending champion Daniil Medvedev or four-time winner Rafael Nadal.

On the back of his impressive start to the North American hard-court swing that saw him win the singles and doubles at the Citi Open and the quarter-final of the Canadian Open, Kyrgios was tipped to be one of the favourites for the final Grand Slam of the year.

Former world No 1 Andy Roddick, in particular, was impressed and declared him as “the top two, maybe three, favourites for the US Open”.

But Kyrgios didn’t select himself when he decided to nail his US Open champion colours to the mast on social media.

Eurosport asked users to pick their Flushing Meadows winner and posted pictures of Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev (before he withdrew), Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Matteo Berrettini, Taylor Fritz and Kyrgios.

The Australian went for rising Spanish star Alcaraz.

Nick Kyrgios US Open winner

The 19-year-old has been one of the players this year as he has picked up four trophies this year, including the ATP Masters 1000 Miami Open and Madrid, reached the quarter-final at Roland Garros and surged to a career-high of No 4 in the ATP Rankings.

However, the teenager is yet to click after returning to North America following the European swing as he lost his opener at the Canadian Open and also went down in the quarter-final of the Western & Southern Open against Cameron Norrie over the weekend.

Alcaraz reached the quarter-final on his main draw debut at Flushing Meadows last year and he is seeded third for the final major in New York, behind world No 1 Medvedev and 22-time Grand Slam winner Nadal.

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Tsitsipas, Novak Djokovic, Casper Ruud, Auger-Aliassime, Cameron Norrie, Hubert Hurkacz and Andrey Rublev complete the top 10.

Kyrgios, meanwhile, is seeded 24th and his best performances at the US Open have been three third-round appearances while he lost in the first round against 18th seed Roberto Bautista Agut last year.

The 27-year-old admitted during during his last few tournaments that he has been struggling with fatigue and was homesick as he missed his parents who are both ill. He has already made himself unavailable for the Laver Cup and has indicated that the US Open will in all likelihood be his final tournament of the 2022 season.