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Unbreakable Nick Kyrgios defeats Mikael Ymer to advance to City Open final Sports

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Nick Kyrgios is “very excited” after continuing his career-best season by reaching the final of the City Open in Washington.

Backing up from grueling tournament workload so far – Australian mavericks defeated Riley Opelka in Friday’s Round of 16, saving five match points in yesterday’s epic quarterfinal win over Francis Tiafoe – Kyrgios calmly dealt with Swede Mikael Ymer in straight sets to stride to another decider.

Kyrgios produced another intimidating serve display, beating the 23-year-old Weimer 7-6 (7-4) 6-3. The match was Kyrgios’ fifth semi-final appearance in her last six tournaments at Wimbledon. Only an abdominal strain in Mallorca hurt the impressive streak.

Kyrgios didn’t face a break point all week against Ymer, who defeated former world No. 1 Andy Murray in the first round. Kyrgios, who has always been a showman, set in the tournament he scored his 80th ace to set a set point in the opener, a brilliant serve his volleys his plays and backhands he flicks overhead his winners concluded.

The second set also proved to be a serving showdown, but with the Australian winning the last three games in 1 hour and 34 minutes, the Swede will always be second best against Kyrgios in such a mood. was.

Kyrgios hadn’t reached a final in three years, but he reached two in less than a month, including a breakout to his first Grand Slam title match at Wimbledon. His four-set loss to Djokovic at his club is the only loss in his last 11 matches since mid-June for the 27-year-old.

After the match, Kyrgios said: “Honestly, I didn’t play anywhere near my best tennis today. Of course I had a good win percentage on the first serve, but I wasn’t playing very well from the back of the court.

“The difference is he got up fast and let the extra ball play. He’s an incredible athlete, I didn’t expect him to be that fast,” Kyrgios said of his rival. Maybe next time I play him I’ll have a few different tactics, maybe I won’t try to win him back, maybe I’ll go a little further forward, but it was a tough semi-final. I’m happy to be in the final again.

Kyrgios hit only 10 aces against Imer compared to 35 lightning strikes against Tiafoe in the quarterfinal epic, but that was enough for the win. I didn’t get to sleep until 50:00. I had a lot of adrenaline,” Kyrgios grinned. “I ate dinner and had some treatment, but I’ve been in a lot of pain since last night.

“It was an epic fight[against Tiafoe]. I didn’t do much today and I felt like my energy was a bit down early today,” shrugged the Canberra boy. “I can understand that. I’m just human. But the adrenaline for the final will be right there. I’m very excited.”

Kyrgios regains his place in the world’s top 15 if the ATP does not strip Wimbledon ranking points over the All England Club’s ban of Russian and Belarusian players over the invasion of Ukraine. would have been Ridiculously ridiculing the men’s ranking, which has Djokovic at No. 6 in the world, the lowest position in 15 years for Serbian superstars.

Kyrgios’ run in Washington ensures that the 27-year-old Kyrgios will at least move up to No. 42 in the world, and he’s projected to move up to No. 37 if he wins his seventh Pro title. With big events lined up in Montreal and Cincinnati, Kyrgios is on track to secure his all-important seeding for the US Open, which begins in New York on August 29.

Kyrgios’ most recent ATP title was won here in Washington in 2019, and he will be in his 11th career final when he faces either Russia’s top seed Andrei Rublev or Japan’s lefty Yoshihito Nishioka. and hopes to win another title.