Nick Kyrgios picked up his second final set breaker win in three matches edging American giant John Isner 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(7) to reach the Acapulco final.
Kyrgios, who had won his last two meetings with the big man, was aided in the first set by two Isner double faults at 5-all. Isner got the late break in the second – the only one he would get all match – but Kyrgios was too good in the decider.
“It was an amazing, fun match with John today. I was pretty pumped because I knew there wasn’t going to be a lot of running,” said Kyrgios who now leads Isner 6-0 in breakers. “He’s a good mate of mine and has always been incredibly supportive. To go out and battle against him was a special moment for me.”
It’s Kyrgios first final since winning Brisbane at the start of last year.
In the final it will be Alexander Zverev who beasted Cameron Norrie 7-6(0), 6-3 to reach his first Acapulco final.
“I’m very happy to be in the final. That was the goal at the start of the week,” Zverev said.. “This is so far a very special week for me and I hope I can continue it.”
Zverev and Kyrgios have split their six meetings with the German taking both last year in Davis Cup and Miami.
“This is going to be an incredibly tough match. He’s an amazing player, very professional, ticks all the boxes,” said Kyrgios. “I grew up playing juniors with him, so I know him very well. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Zverev seeks his 11th career title while Kyrgios a 6th.
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