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Kyrgios sweeps away Nadal in Cincinnati quarters

August 19, 2017 12:50 IST

The 22-year-old Australian breezed past the 15-times Grand Slam champion in about one hour and 20 minutes.

Nick Kyrgios

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."

Nick Kyrgios

IMAGE: Nick Kyrgios in action. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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 next week.

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.

Rafael Nadal

IMAGE: Rafael Nadal in action. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

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.

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.

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