Nothing less than a US Open title can secure Nick Kyrgios a place in the world’s top 10, a cruel scenario that supports the Australian’s assertion that “rankings don’t matter”.

Kyrgios has been the hottest player on tour over the past three months, adding a seventh career title to his collection and reaching two finals, three semi-finals and two quarters from his past nine events.

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His gripping Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic is among the 27-year-old’s only three defeats from his last 23 matches.

Yet not even a second victory over world No.1 Daniil Medvedev in little more than three weeks will be enough to earn Kyrgios a career-high ranking above No.13, which he hit in October 2016, let alone a coveted spot in the top 10.

Unless the mercurial talent goes on to claim his maiden grand slam crown in New York.

Kyrgios would have returned to the top 15 in July had ATP Tour officials not stripped Wimbledon of rankings-points status in objection to the All England Club’s banning of Russian and Belarusian players.

“The ranking system doesn’t reward skill and form, to be honest, over a certain period of time,” the world No.25 said ahead of a last-eight showdown with another Russian 27th seed Karen Khachanov on Tuesday (11am Wednesday AEST).

“It definitely rewards consistency, more so. I’ve played 12 events. Some of the people in front of me have played 32.

Nick Kyrgios will only surge into the top 10 if he wins the US Open. Credit: Getty

“Obviously, it’s almost impossible for me to be higher ranked unless I’m going deep like this in tournaments. The rankings for me doesn’t really matter.

“I feel like tonight was another message that rankings don’t matter.

“I see No.1 (seed) next to his name and I see 23 next to mine. That doesn’t change anything for me. I don’t care whether I’m seeded or not.

“The rankings, I mean, I don’t think they mean anything.”

Kyrgios, currently projected to climb to No.18 in the rankings following his run to the US Open quarter-finals, bumped Medvedev off top spot with his scintillating fourth-round win over the Russian.

Nick Kyrgios was too good for Daniil Medvedev. Credit: Sarah Stier/Getty Images

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Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud are now locked in a battle for the top ranking.

If Alcaraz and Ruud contest the title match, the winner will take over as No.1 for the first time.

Novak Djokovic, runner-up to Medvedev in last year’s championship decider, is presently projected to remain at No.7 at the conclusion of the year’s last major.

But the longest-serving world No.1 in history could conceivably tumble out of the top 10 after missing the Open because he’s not vaccinated.

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