Brisbane | Kyrgios and Harrison make final
Nick Kyrgios is on the verge of delivering the home crowds the first silverware of the season as he ousted the top seed Grigor Dimitrov from the Brisbane International but he had to put in a battling performance to make the title round.
I hadn't beaten him before (so) going into today, I knew that I was going to do something a little different Nick Kyrgios
He came back from losing the first to beat the defending champion 3-6 61 6-4 to set up a final Brisbane International match-up with Ryan Harrison of the US who also had to recover from dropping the opening set to the teenage Australian giant-killer Alex De Minaur 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4.
For Kyrgios it was the third match of the week that he has lost a set before progressing into the next round using his serve to effectively, firing 19 aces and winning 82 percent of his first serves. He broke Dimitrov in the seventh game of the decider to notch up his first win over the Bulgarian at his third attempt.
“I hadn’t beaten him before (so) going into today, I knew that I was going to do something a little different,” Kyrgios revealed.
The Australian’s game plan was 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 admitted. “From then on, I felt pretty in control of the match.”
Kyrgios is now the overwhelming favourite to win his fourth title when he takes on Harrison on Sunday as he holds a 2-0 head-to-head advantage over the American who has yet to take a set off the Aussie. “I know that he’s a dangerous opponent. He can serve very, very well and he’s obviously won a lot of matches here,” Kyrgios said.