Kyrgios sweeps away Nadal in Cincinnati quarter-final
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[August 19, 2017]
(Reuters) - The excitable Nick
Kyrgios made short work of top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a
dazzling 6-2 7-5 victory on Friday at the Cincinnati Open.
In a highly-anticipated quarter-final matchup, Australian Kyrgios
breezed past the 15-times grand slam champion Nadal in about one
hour and 20 minutes.
"He obviously is a tough match always," Nadal told reporters. "Nick
is a great player, but I played poorly.
"I started the match well and then I played a very bad game in the
second set when he broke me. I played some good points. He had some
mistakes and I was able to be back in the match. And then I played a
terrible game. So it was a bad match for me."
Despite the defeat, the 31-year-old Nadal will for the fourth time
in his career be the world number one when the ATP rankings come out
The 22-year-old Kyrgios recorded 10 aces in a strong serving
display, and moved to the semi-final to face David Ferrer, who
produced another shocking result in dominating third-seed Dominic
Thiem 6-3 6-3.
Kyrgios, known as much for his temper as for his brilliant
shot-making, was poised against Nadal.
The young contender blew a chance to close the match while serving
at 5-4 in the second set when Nadal broke him. But he promptly broke
back before closing out the night.
Earlier in the day, Kyrgios completed his match, that
began on Thursday before it was held over due to rain, defeating
hard-serving 6-foot 11-inch Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 4-6 7-6(6) 6-3.
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Nick Kyrgios (AUS) returns a shot against Rafael Nadal (ESP) during
the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
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Kyrgios did have an outburst in that match when he threw his racquet
down in disgust after losing two straight service points in the
tiebreak to even it up at 6-6.
The outburst appeared to work as he won the next two points and then
dominated a deflated Karlovic in the final set.
Nadal was somewhat rusty in beating fellow countryman Albert
Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(1) 6-2 earlier in the day but few would have
expected his result against Kyrgios.
On the other side of the draw, red-hot American John Isner beat
countryman Jared Donaldson 7-6(4) 7-5 to set up a semi-final against
seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who sailed past Japan's
Yuichi Sugita 6-2 6-1.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll and Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing
by Sudipto Ganguly)
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