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Kyrgios devastated after losing to Khachanov 

A “devastated” Nick Kyrgios is out of the US Open after eventually being out-battled by Russian Karen Khachanov in a tense quarter-final match in New York.

27 year old Kyrgios from Australia, who needed treatment on his left thigh after the first set, lost 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 to 27th seed Khachanov.

Kyrgios said “I feel like I’ve let so many people down”.

He added: “I feel like these four tournaments are the only ones that ever are going to matter. It’s just like you’ve got to start it all again. I have to wait until the Australian Open.

“It’s just devastating, it’s heartbreaking. Not just for me, but for everyone that I know that wants me to win.

“But all credit to Karen. He’s a fighter. He’s a warrior.”

A furious Kyrgios destroyed two racquets before swiftly leaving court, with what seemed like a good chance of winning his first major left in tatters.

Khachanov, now 26, will next play Norwegian fifth seed Casper Ruud, who beat 13th seed Matteo Berrettini 6-1 6-4 7-6.

The Russian was defeated by Ruud in 2020 in their only previous meetings, but said he had “nothing to lose” in the semi-finals.

Rafael Nadal’s exit in the last 16 against American Frances Tiafoe on Monday means a first-time Grand Slam men’s singles champion will be crowned in New York come Sunday.

Editing by Tersoo Nicholas, Omotola Oguneye