Brilliant Kyrgios too good for Dimitrov

Jan 08, 2018, 03:18
Brilliant Kyrgios too good for Dimitrov

Nick Kyrgios dropped his serve twice in the first set but rebounded to reach the Brisbane International semi-finals with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over former finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov on Friday.

Sunday was a charmed one for Davis Cup team members in Brisbane, with Kyrgios claiming his first ATP title on home soil and Australian doubles mainstay John Peers adding another title to his growing tally.

Kyrgios served 19 aces and mixed up his game impressively, showing character to battle back again after the in-form Dimitrov ominously claimed the first set courtesy of a solitary break.

Often guilty of struggling for motivation during the season, the 22-year-old said Davis Cup ties would act as a source of energy this year.

Kyrgios said: "He's definitely one of the best players in the world at the moment, he had a great end to a year ago and played remarkably".

Third-seeded Svitolina beat Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-1 in a lopsided night final to win her 10th title on the women's elite tour. I haven't won one in Australia before.

He will take on world No.47 Harrison who ended Australian wildcard Alex de Minaur's giant killing run with a three set semi-final win on Saturday.

The Australian wins the finals meeting in straight sets. The longer the match went, the better I played, the looser I got.

Kyrgios will appear in his seventh overall ATP final and vie for his first title since Tokyo 2016 and fourth of career.

Yet the Bulgarian looked like extending his unbeaten streak to three matches against Kyrgios at Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday.

Then Kyrgios flicked the switch.

"I was just wondering about the rule, like why I couldn't take a medical timeout for the knee taping", he said.

The Australian Open gets underway next Monday.

A week later Harrison and Kokkinakis had to be separated by officials during a fiery match, with Harrison reportedly saying "Wawrinka should've decked Kyrgios and I should deck that kid".

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