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Nick Kyrgios has secured himself a seed at the upcoming US Open after beating compatriot Alex de Minaur in Montreal.

The Australian, who reached the Wimbledon final this year, is playing the best tennis of his career by far. He won the Citi Open last week and will now face Hubert Hurkacz for a spot in the Canadian Open semis.

Perhaps even more importantly, though, Kyrgios will now be seeded at the US Open after guaranteeing himself a return to the world top 30 next week.

"It was a goal, more so so I didn't get one of the big titans or gods [in the] first round [of the US Open]," he said after his 6-2, 6-4 win over de Minaur.

"I can actually work my way into the tournament. I always feel that my game is right there, no matter who I play. Today I felt amazing and hopefully I can keep it going."

Kyrgios beat world number one Daniil Medvedev to get into the last 16. However, he says that took so much out of him mentally that he is almost prouder of the de Minaur win.

Nick Kyrgios with Citi Open trophy

"Incredibly tough after yesterday's big high, playing Daniil [Medvedev], and the crowd was amazing. It was a day I'll probably never ever forget.

"Today was really hard mentally for me to go out here and play Alex. We're such good friends and he's been having such a good career so far and carrying the Australian flag for so long.

"It was just tough mentally. It's never easy to play a player like that, especially if they're Australian.

"I just got out here and got the job done. I played the way I had to play. He's a hell of a player. If you play to his strengths, he's one of the best players we have in the game and he's so fast. He's going to have a hell of a career."

Nick Kyrgios will face another serious test in the quarterfinals, with Hubert Hurkacz awaiting.

He has, though, already ruled himself out of the Laver Cup in September, with him admitting to feeling some homesickness.

"These days are starting to blend into one another," he said. "I'm just kind of playing the game, physio, eat, sleep, play. It's tiring, but that's the sport.

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"I am missing home a little bit, I'm not going to lie. I've got my mom and my dad, I haven't seen [them] in about three months. So I'm missing home but at the same time I know that it's only a couple of tournaments before I go [back]."