Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios wins title to continue strong US Open preparation
An emotional Nick Kyrgios has spoken of his struggles to discover his best form after ending a three-year title drought with victory in the Citi Open final in Washington.
Kyrgios took just 81 minutes to defeat Japanese giants-slayer Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 6-3 in Sunday’s final to claim his first ATP Tour title since winning the same event in 2019.
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The 27-year-old then confirmed his victory by winning the doubles title alongside American Jack Sock – his third doubles success of the year.
Shortly after winning the men’s singles trophy, Kyrgios combined with Sock to defeat Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 7-5 6-4.
The sensational week in the US capital continues a career-best year for Kyrgios after reaching his first career Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
Although he didn’t earn any ranking points at Wimbledon due to the ATP’s objection to banning Russian and Belarusian players, Kyrgios’ victory in Washington propels him to 37th in the world rankings.
Ahead of the big events in Montreal and Cincinnati, that means Kyrgios is closing in on a very important ranking for the US Open starting August 29 in New York.
“To see where I was last year, it’s just an incredible transformation,” Kyrgios said in a post-match interview.
“I just came out with great energy. I knew I had experience on my side today. I love this court, I’ve played so many good matches there, so I’m really happy with myself.
“I’ve been in really dark places. Just to be able to turn things around…there are so many people who have helped me get there, but myself, I have shown serious strength to keep going and persevering and going through all these times and still being able to perform and win tournaments like this.
Kyrgios’ serve was imperious throughout the tournament, going through 64 games of the tournament without being broken once.
The 27-year-old fired 12 aces in Sunday’s final against Nishioka, also hitting 32 winners in a confident display to secure his seventh career title.
After winning the doubles title in Atlanta last week with fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kyrgios then teamed up with Sock in a straight-sets win over Dodig and Krajicek.
As in his singles win, Kyrgios and Sock held serve throughout the final, winning 95% of the points on their first serve in the 79-minute victory.
– With PAA