Tennis news | Nick Kyrgios wins the Citi Open in Washington and defeats Yoshihito Nishioka in the final
Nick Kyrgios claimed his seventh ATP title, and first in three years, with a straight-set victory over Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in Washington – and added another trophy a few hours later, winning the doubles final alongside the American Jack Sock.
The pair produced a straight-sets 7-5 6-4 win over Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek, with the Aussie smashing an ace at match point.
He became the first player in the tournament’s 53-year history to win both titles in the same year.
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“I’m really happy to win both titles,” Kyrgios said afterwards.
“Hopefully I can continue this momentum.”
In singles, Kyrgios didn’t lose his serve all week as he continued his outstanding recent form. Since April, he has reached the semi-finals or better in five of the six tournaments he has appeared in, including the Wimbledon final.
The 6-4 6-3 win puts the Aussie 37th in the world, up from 63 a week ago, and on course to be ranked all-important for the US Open later this month.
If ranking points had been awarded at Wimbledon, Kyrgios would have been world number 15.
The Aussie immediately put Nishioka under pressure, breaking serve in the opener of two sets.
It was the first time since the tournament began in 1969 that two unranked players had met in the final.
“It’s just very emotional for me, to see where I’ve been from last year to now, it’s just an incredible transformation,” Kyrgios said.
“I’ve been in really dark places.
“I showed serious strength to keep going and persevering and getting through those times and winning tournaments like this.”
It’s the second time Kyrgios has won the Washington title, having lifted the trophy in 2019.
He faced just one break point in the final, meaning he won all 64 service games for the week. He sent 12 aces in the final, winning 22 of 25 points on his first serve.
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