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Nick Kyrgios wins Washington Open

Kyrgios backed up his semi-final victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas with his second career win over Medvedev.

A focused Nick Kyrgios has won his second ATP Tour title.

Despite a troublesome back, Kyrgios fired 18 aces on his way to a 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4) victory over the Russian third seed, including one on match point when he requested advice from a member of the crowd on where to direct his serve for the third successive match.

The result improves his win-loss record against top-10 opponents this year to 5-1 for a winning percentage of 83, which is the best on the ATP Tour in 2019.

Kyrgios serves up a show to down Tsitsipas in Washington

The first meeting between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas lived up to the hype as the Australian saved a match point in a wildly entertaining 6-4 3-6 7-6(7) win to reach the Citi Open final.

The mercurial Kyrgios put on a show for the sold-out crowd, fist bumping with fans during the first set, smashing his racket in the second and mixing in tweeners, underhand serves and slick no-look volleys throughout.
Kyrgios appeared in control when he raced out to a 5-1 lead in the third set tiebreaker with a blistering cross-court forehand but Tsitsipas battled back to get to a match point.
The young Greek’s backhand return sailed long, however, and when Kyrgios earned a match point of his own he consulted with a fan prior to his serve for the second night in a row.
The spectator appeared to advise him to aim for the top seed’s backhand and Kyrgios did just that.

Tsitsipas could only block the rocket back, setting up an easy forehand winner that ended the match on a hot and humid night in the US capital.“I just go there and I ask them where they want me to serve.

And it’s two-for-two,” Kyrgios said.The match statistics were remarkably even, with Kyrgios winning 91 points to Tsitsipas’ 90 and each player breaking the other’s serve twice.“In the first set I was playing pretty clinical tennis, playing really well,” he said. “I obviously went a bit nuts [in the second] and somehow was able to pull in back in the third set.”

Kyrgios had nothing but kind words for his doubles partner Tsitsipas, who reached a career high of world number five.“He’s the perfect example for any tennis player,” Kyrgios said. “His consistency shows every week. He’s doing all the right things and he’s going to have an amazing career.