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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Kyrgios taking the tournament for a second time. Now on to Montreal.
He’s having a good year, something has changed in his attitude. If he can stay in a healthy frame of mind maybe be can pass his previous highest-ranking of 13. I believe the DC win takes him to 21.
He’s not going to stop partying and I can’t see him getting super serious about training so I’m not sure he can crack the top 10. If he does it will be natural talent compensating for a lower level of seriousness.
August 7th, 2022 at 7:37 pm