Last update: August 06, 2022, 19:19 IST
Australian Nick Kyrgios saved five match points in a dramatic second-set tiebreaker to beat local hope Francis Tiafau 6-7(5) 7-6(12) 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the City Open in Washington, DC. The Wimbledon runner-up looked set for an exit when Tiafoe held out for victory in the second-set tiebreaker, but Kyrgios won the point and saved four more chances on his own serve to frustrate the American.
The mercurial Australian won the final three points of the tiebreaker to clinch the decisive third set, which he dominated with his perfect serve to seal the contest at 1am local time. Kyrgios said. “I wasn’t really thinking too much at that point. I was just trying to stay in the match and I survived.
“Then physically I felt like I was really fresh in the third set and served well. I was very lucky at times, but it was just a great match.” After both men held serve in the first two sets, Kyrgios broke twice in the deciding set and converted his first match point when Tiafoe hit a return. in the net
It was the second win on Friday for Kyrgios, who had to return in the morning to make up for a rain-interrupted match against big-serving American Reilly Opelka. It took just 14 minutes for the 27-year-old to level the score at 7-6. 1) A 6-2 win against Opelka will see Sweden’s Mikael Ymer secure a place in the final.
“It wasn’t easy to be honest,” Kyrgios added. “It wasn’t ideal rallying in the heat this morning. Came out fast and strong, got it done. Then I was able to relax a bit and eventually just pull through.”
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Thursday’s thunderstorms affected scheduling, meaning world number eight Andrey Rublev had to play two matches at the ATP 500 tournament on Friday. Rublev defeated American Maxime Creasy 6-4, 7-6(8). morning and followed that up with a 6-2, 6-3 win over another local hope in JJ Wolf. The Russian will next face Yoshihito Nishioka in the semi-finals.
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