13 January, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Laura Christensen
Australian No.1 Nick from Canberra has won through to his first ATP tour final on home soil after upsetting defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 6-1 6-4 in the Brisbane International semi-finals.
The 22-year-old is still dealing with a knee injury, but seems to have recovered, although he did request a medical time-out during the Brisbane final.
Harrison blew three games points in the seventh game of the first set as de Minaur went on to take a 4-3 lead and then held on to his serve to clinch the opener.
With semi-final victory over world No.3 and ATP Finals 2017 victor Grigor Dimitrov in Brisbane, Kyrgios made well have put his name up there among the contenders in the possibly depleted roster of the Australian Open.
If Kyrgios can keep the tap running steadily during the coming weeks, then consider him a contender for the Australian Open, which begins a week today in Melbourne.
Kyrgios reaches the finals in Brisbane, going face to face with young American Ryan Harrison.
"I know that he's a risky opponent", said Kyrgios of the American, who he has beaten in straight sets in their only two clashes.
"I've got fond memories of Brisbane, played Davis Cup here and had a massive win over the US", Kyrgios said in a courtside interview.
The mercurial Australian huffed and puffed in a miserable first set but eventually found some rhythm to come through a tricky encounter 1-6 6-3 6-4.
After the win, Kyrgios gave credit to his good friend Matt Reid for leading him on to win the title.
"I just remember one year where Rusty (Hewitt) won his final - that was probably the last time I watched a final here", Kyrgios said. I'm never going to play 25 tournament-plus (in a year) - it's about picking the right tournaments and be invested in the ones I pick.
The American was fresh off of a win over Australian Alex De Minaur.
Dimitrov, who survived two match points to beat local hope John Millman in the previous round, needed a solitary break to close out the match.
Kyrgios was brilliant in the second set, breaking the big-serving Harrison twice (third and fifth games) while easily holding his own serve to cruise to a 6-2 victory.
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