Nick Kyrgios Beat Mikael Ymer to Reach the Finals of the Citi Open, Will Face Yoshihito Nishioka

Nick Kyrgios Beat Mikael Ymer to Reach the Finals of the Citi Open, Will Face Yoshihito Nishioka

The recent Wimbledon men’s runner-up, Nick Kyrgios, is headed for the finals of the Citi Open after beating Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

He will battle it out in the finals with Yoshihito Nishioka, who dismissed top seed Andrey Rublev in two sets in his own semifinals match. The finals will take place on Sunday.

Should the Australian win, this will be his first ATP title in three years. His most recent title was won back in 2019 and he has a 3-0 record against Nishioka.

“Honestly I didn’t play anywhere near my best tennis today and I don’t know. The role was reversed, the past couple matches I’ve been on paper, rankings-wise the underdog in my past couple matches, but today I definitely felt like the favorite,” Kyrgios said in his on-court interview.

“I served pretty solid. Obviously, my winning percentage behind my first serve would have been high, but from the back of the court I didn’t play well at all.”

On Friday, Kyrgios won two matches and beat hometown favorite Frances Tiafoe for a spot at the semis. Ymer, for his part, had ousted Andy Murray in the first round.

Kyrgios big serving and baseline prowess helped him secure the match. It lasted 1 hour and 35 minutes. Ymer also gave it his best and unlike his 35 aces in his match against Tiafoe, he only struck 10 against Ymer.

“The difference was he stands on the fast and he makes you play that extra ball. He’s an incredible athlete and I really wasn’t expecting him to be that fast,” Kyrgios said.

“Maybe next time I might have a couple different tactics when I play him, maybe not to try and out rally him, maybe come forward a little bit more. But it was a tough-fought semi-final and I’m just happy to be in the final once again.”

Kyrgios is currently ranked No.63 in the world rankings but is expected to rise to the No.42 position. Should he win the tournament, he will rise further to No.37.

Maree cartujano
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