Nick Kyrgios Wins Citi Open Match Against Frances Tiafoe

Nick Kyrgios Wins Citi Open Match Against Frances Tiafoe Photo: TT

Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios has won his match with hometown favorite Frances Tiafoe at the Citi Open. Kyrgios fought off six match points in the second-set tiebreaker and then raced past the American to win 6-7 (5), 7-6 (12), 6-2.

This was a long-anticipated match between Kyrgios and Tiafoe. The Australian let the first set slip away but persevered and ended up frustrating his Maryland-born opponent who slammed his racket to the court and kicked it.

“Frances put himself in every position to win the match. You know, in those moments I wasn’t really thinking too much. I was just trying to stay in the match and I survived,” Kyrgios said

“Then, you know, I felt like physically I was really fresh in the third set and served well.”

The Citi Open is the first tournament that Kyrgios played in since he lost to Novak Djokovic in the finals of Wimbledon. He advances to his fifth semifinal of the season and will meet Mikael Ymer. The last time that Kyrgios won an ATP tournament was in Washington in 2019.

Ymer is coming off a win against Sebastian Korda 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

Kyrgios also played Reilly Opelka on Friday, winning 7-6 (1), 6-2.

“Playing Reilly this morning in the heat was not ideal. Came out fast and strong, got it done. Then I was able to just get some rest and eventually just pull through,” Kyrgios said.

“An amazing match with Frances. I knew it was going to be crazy. I’m just glad that today’s over and I can get some rest.”

Inclement weather had forced many of the matches to be delayed and most players had to double up on matches. Andrey Rublev had to play two matches on Friday, managing to win both. In the afternoon, he beat Maxime Cressy 6-4, 7-6 (8) and in the evening he defeated JJ Wolf 6-2 6-3.

American Wolf had received a wildcard to play at the tournament.

“It’s part of the sport. I think that’s the fun thing about it, that you don’t know what to expect,” Rublev said. “Suddenly you will have two matches in one day.”

The Russian is seeking to win his fourth ATP title this year, which will place him even with Spaniards Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal.

On the women’s side, Emma Raducanu lost to Liudmila Samsonova 7-6 (6), 6-1, missing out on the finals. Victoria Azarenka fell to Xiyu Wang 6-1, 6-3.

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