Yoshihito Nishioka Beats Andrey Rublev to Reach Washington Open Finals Against Nick Kyrgios

Yoshihito Nishioka Beats Andrey Rublev to Reach Washington Open Finals Against Nick Kyrgios

Japanese player Yoshihito Nishioka stunned Andrey Rublev on Saturday to secure a finals match with recent Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios on Sunday at the Washington Open.

Nishioka took down the current World No.8 in a straight-set win 6-3, 6-4 in a match that lasted only 80 minutes. This is his first ATP final since the 2020 Delray Beach Open.

Just enjoy the day tomorrow,” Nishioka said when asked about his upcoming finals match.

“Just play my best. (I’m) excited.”

The 96th-ranked player will next play 63rd-ranked Kyrgios who had beat Swedens Mikael Ymer. Should he best Nishioka, this will be Kyrgios first ATP Title since 2019.

“It was a tough-fought semi-final and I’m just happy to be in the final once again,” Kyrgios said when speaking of his match with Ymer. “I didn’t play anywhere near my best tennis.”

Nishioka only has one ATP title to his name. He won at Shenzhen back in 2018 and has not won a tour-level match since March.

“I tried to be a little bit aggressive because I knew Andrey was going to play aggressive,” Nishioka said. “I needed to play a little bit aggressive to him.”

Kyrgios and Nishioka have a 3-0 record in favor of the Australian. The most recent match-up between the two was the third round of the 2019 Washington Open where Kyrgios was the eventual champion.

“We’ve played many times, but he beat me every time since 16 years old,” Nishioka said.

“It’s really tough to play against him. He doesn’t have any pace. He just hits the ball so hard every time. Very tough to break his service games.

“The most important thing is I have to focus on my service games.”

Nishioka had Rublev frustrated with the latter smashing his racket to the court in frustration.

Ymer was also not an easy match for Kyrgios with the Australian admitting that he did not play his best.

“I served pretty solid,” Kyrgios said. “But from the back of the court, I didn’t play well at all.”

Maree cartujano
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