NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Kyrgios already was flexing his injured right hip before a game late in the first set of his third-round match at the U.S. Open. Then came a wild point that ended with him skidding to a stop on his knees on the sideline.
Not long after that, the 14th-seeded Kyrgios again tried to stretch out his hip, before taking a medical timeout for help from a trainer. Soon enough, he was barely moving during points. Eventually, Kyrgios stopped while trailing 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday night, allowing 63rd-ranked Illya Marchenko of Ukraine to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.
“My hip was bothering me my first two matches and I got through,” Kyrgios said. “I guess it was just a matter of time.”
He dealt with a hip problem earlier this season.
“I’ve got to take more time and be more diligent with (the) gym and everything, so this doesn’t happen to me,” said the…