Brisbane International: Nick Kyrgios Beats Ryan Harrison To Clinch Title
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has defeated incoming world No.1 Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-5 to surge into the last four of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.
It was Kyrgios’ 100th victory on the ATP Tour as he is through to the second Masters semi of his career. It was the extraordinary performance by the world No.23, who showcased lethal serves and groundstrokes to outplay Nadal.
Kyrgios broke Nadal’s serve in the opening game of the match took an early lead of 4-0, thus taking the first set in just 25 minutes. In the second set, Nadal put up a good fight and saved match points in the ninth and 10th games. The Spaniard broke Kyrgios to get back to 5-5.
However, Kyrgios showed a solid character to bounce back in the set and served out the match with his 10th ace to send Nadal out of the tournament.
Overall, the Aussie had 10 aces to Nadal’s four, while winning 86 per cent of his first-serve points to Nadal’s 69 per cent and 52 percent against 30 percent on the second ball.
Both the players were playing their second match of the day due to rain delays at the tournament and Kyrgios earlier beat Ivo Karlovic 4-6 7-6(6) 6-3 in the third round, while Nadal beat Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6(1) 6-2.
Even though Nadal lost, but the Spaniard will still be confirmed as world number one next Monday when the ATP’s rankings points are updated, marking the fourth time in his career he’s reached the milestone, and the first time he’s reached the summit since 2008.
Meanwhile, Kyrgios will face Ferrer in the semi-finals, after the Spanish veteran upset Dominic Them 6-3, 6-3.