Kyrgios goes down in Masters final debut

Beth Cruz
August 21, 2017

Before action got underway Friday at the Western and Southern Open, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the terrorist attack on Thursday that killed 14 in Barcelona.

Grigor Dimitrov, who reached the semi-final at the Australian Open, owns a 1-0 career head-to-head record over Nick Kyrgios - who is due to climb four places to World No. 17 ahead of the 2017 US Open.

Nadal needed an hour and 37 minutes on court to dispatch fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7-1) 6-2.

It also improves his chances of featuring in the end-year ATP Tour finals for the first time, as he now stands fifth in the race for one of eight spots in the event.

"I love playing here", Dimitrov said on the ATP website.

"There are other things that are more important to me than tennis".

Though double faulting on his first match point against Nadal, the world no.23 composed himself to dispatch Nadal at the second time of asking in a convincing display that will see him play David Ferrer in the semi-finals. In the earlier encounter of Friday, the Australian sensation had survived a rain-delayed match 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3 against Ivo Karlovic.

Bulgaria's 11th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov was to play John Isner of the USA in yesterday's other semi-final.


"I had it on my mind", Muguruza said.

The two talented longshots at the start of the event both had similar semifinals matches, with both ending without a single break of serve.

He took the first set in 25 minutes, dropping only three points on his serve, then broke Nadal in the fifth game of the second set.

'And then I played a awful game. "I didn't play well".

With Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic on the shelf, Dimitrov and Kyrgios have played their way into Sunday's title match.

Kyrgios had a much tougher time of it compared to Saturday's dismantling of Rafael Nadal, winning 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4) in a tight contest in which neither player lost a game on serve.

It was Isner's 18th loss in a match where he did not surrender a break point.

"I recover well, so definitely I will be ready", she added. "I could hit the ball. I'm always trying to hit underneath and trying to hit up and over it", Kyrgios said after his first win over Ferrer.

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