Kyrgios Aims For Second Washington Title Against Nishioka
Nick Kyrgios will be the big favorite today to win a second Washington title as he takes on the surprising Yoshihito Nishioka.
While Kyrgios took care of business in the semifinals easing past Mikael Ymer 7-6(4), 6-3, Nishioka later pulled the stunned upsetting the top seed Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 for one of the biggest wins of his career.
A year younger than the 27-year-old Kyrgios, Nishioka is 0-3 against the Australian, though knows him well.
“We’ve played many times, but he beat me every time since 16 years old. It is really tough to play against him,” Nishioka said. “He doesn’t have any pace, he just hits the ball so hard every time and most of his serves , which very tough to break his service games. The most important thing is I have to focus on my service games.”
Kyrgios, who has won 17 of his last 20 matches, will seek his first title since Washington here three years ago in 2019, and his seventh overall. The 5-foot-7 Nishioka has one career title at 2018 Shenzhen.
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