Nick Kyrgios beats Grigor Dimitrov, reaches Brisbane International final

Nick Kyrgios battled past defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 6-1 6-4 to set up a final against American Ryan Harrison at the Brisbane International on Saturday.

tennis Updated: Jan 06, 2018 16:22 IST
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Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates his win over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria at Brisbane International.(AFP)

Nick Kyrgios will face Ryan Harrison in the Brisbane International final after the home favourite halted defending champion Grigor Dimitrov’s seven-match winning run on Saturday.

Dimitrov ended last season by claiming the ATP Finals title and extended his run of victories in Brisbane beforeKyrgios beat the top seed 3-6 6-1 6-4.

Fourth seedKyrgios did not appear to be hampered by a sore knee, coming from a set down for the third time this week to knock the world number three out - his first victory over the Bulgarian in three attempts.

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Kyrgios served 19 aces and mixed up his game impressively, showing character to battle back again after the in-form Dimitrov ominously claimed the first set courtesy of a solitary break.

Dimitrov was broken twice in the second set andKyrgios lost just five points behind his impressive serve in the decider, earning a break to lead 4-3 and reaching the final when his opponent drilled a return beyond the baseline.

Kyrgios said: “He’s definitely one of the best players in the world at the moment, he had a great end to last year and played remarkably.

“He’s beaten me two times, so I knew I had to do something a little bit differently today. I couldn’t give him too much rhythmand my serve came through again. I’m looking forward to another final tomorrow and hopefully getting it done.”

There will be no all-Australian final afterHarrison ended Alex de Minaur’s dream run.

De Minaur, 208th in the rankings, beat Milos Raonic en route to the last four, but American Harrison overcame the teenage wildcard 4-67-6 (7-5) 6-4to reach his third ATP World Tour showdown.

First Published: Jan 06, 2018 14:51 IST