Kyrgios stuns top-seeded Dimitrov to reach final

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Kyrgios stuns top-seeded Dimitrov to reach final
Nick Kyrgios hits a return to Grigor Dimitrov during their men's singles semifinal match.

Brisbane - Kyrgios came back from losing the first set to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and set up a decider against Ryan Harrison

By AFP

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Published: Sat 6 Jan 2018, 9:02 PM

Last updated: Mon 8 Jan 2018, 11:58 PM

Australian Nick Kyrgios produced two sets of superb tennis to see off top seed Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday and reach the final of the Brisbane International.
Kyrgios came back from losing the first set to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and set up a decider against American Ryan Harrison.
Harrison had earlier ended the fairytale run of 18-year-old wildcard Alex de Minaur 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in two hours and 37 minutes.
Kyrgios admitted after his quarterfinal win over Alexandr Dolgopolov that he sometimes turns his talent on and off "like a tap".
And as he has done all week, he started slowly against defending champion Dimitrov, losing the first set to a single break of serve.
But he came out firing in the second set, breaking Dimitrov twice and taking just 30 minutes to level the match. Kyrgios served superbly in the second and third sets, winning over 80 percent of points on his first serve and facing just one break point.
Dimitrov, on the other hand, has struggled with his serve all week and Kyrgios was able to take full advantage, with his returns keeping the Bulgarian under constant pressure. He cracked at 3-3 in the third set and was broken, and the way Kyrgios was serving, the match was as good as over.
"I hadn't beaten him before (so) going into today, I knew that I was going to do something a little different," Kyrgios said.
The Australian said he wanted to disrupt Dimitrov's rhythm and be aggressive. "He played a pretty solid first set, I played a pretty loose game to get broken," Kyrgios said.
"From then on, I felt pretty in control of the match."
Kyrgios will be the overwhelming favourite to win his fourth title when he takes on Harrison.
De Minaur had looked like becoming an unlikely finalist when he took the first set against Harrison, the world number 47, and led 5-3 in the second set tiebreak.



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