Brisbane | Kyrgios eases through to the title
Nick Kyrgios has emerged as a strong contender for the Australian Open which starts in seven day’s time. He showed excellent form to win the Brisbane International to capture his fourth career title but more importantly for the Australian, his first on home soil.
Right now it’s all about recovering and feeling the ball for the Oz Open. Because obviously I’m playing well under pressure and in pressure situationsNick Kyrgios
He produced a scintillating display of tennis to sweep aside Ryan Harrison’s challenge 6-4 6-2 and barring any injuries, is in a good position to face up to Roger Federer who is currently the clear favourite to retain his Aussie title.
“I didn’t know what kind of performance I was going to put in this week, whether I was going to do well,” the controversial Kyrgios said. “But as the week went on, I felt that I was serving a lot better, hitting the ball better. And I knew today was obviously a great opportunity.”
He displayed his talent to the full and kept his emotions which usually mar some of his matches, well under control, even when he felt the need to point out to the umpire after the 36-minute first set, that Harrison was taking too long with his bathroom break to change his shirt.
If Harrison thought he would break Kyrgios’ rhythm, he failed as the Aussie broke him twice more to take the title in 73- minutes, fittingly sealing it with an ace, his 17th of the match.
Kyrgios had struggled in the first three games when he had to defend five break points, but from that point was never really threatened.
“Even if I had lost the first round here, I would probably still feel good next week, going into next week,” Kyrgios added.
“But obviously, just playing a lot of matches, that’s confidence for any player.
“Right now it’s all about recovering and feeling the ball for the Oz Open. Because obviously I’m playing well under pressure and in pressure situations.”
Harrison, ranked 4, conceded later that he had his chances but Kyrgios was just too good.
“I thought that he hit his spots really well, especially on big points,” Harrison admitted.
“And, you know, sometimes it goes like that. I mean, you got a guy who serves that well, you’re not going to get looks on every service game. My chances happened to be early in the match, and then he converted his chances.”
The men’s doubles title was won by Australian John Peers and Finland’s Henri Kontinen, who defeated Argentine combination Leonardo Mayer and Horacio Zeballos 3-6 6-3 10/2.
Nick Kyrgios is set to jump from 21 to 17 on the world rankings, one week out from the opening major of the season at Melbourne Park. He is also only the second Australian to have collected the Brisbane title following Lleyton Hewitt’s 2001 success.