Kyrgios, Dimitrov Advance In Tiebreakers To Reach Cincinnati Masters Final

Kyrgios, Dimitrov Advance In Tiebreakers To Reach Cincinnati Masters Final

As was the case in Kyrgios' quarter-final victory over Rafael Nadal (6-2, 7-5), the Australian's service once played a crucial role in the game against Ferrer, which lasted two hours and four minutes.

It was Nadal's second match of the day, defeating countryman Albert Ramos-Viñolas earlier in the day.

Both Nadal and Kyrgios had played earlier in the day, to complete Thursday's rained-off matches. I mean, I hit two of the hardest forehands that I have ever hit in my life that he was able to get back.

"So it was a bad match for me", Nadal spoke of his loss, as quoted by ATP's official website. I have been playing good tennis, as well.

In the other half of the draw, John Isner defeated qualifier Jared Donaldson 7-6 7-5 and will now meet Grigor Dimitrov following his comfortable 6-2 6-1 triumph over Japan's Yuichi Sugita.

"To be No. 1 after all the things I've been going through the last couple years is something unbelievable", Nadal said.

Kyrgios pleads his case. Image Fox Sports
Kyrgios pleads his case. Image Fox Sports

Again both players had their chances to take the set, with Isner failing to convert two set points and Dimitrov unable to convert two more match points.

Pliskova saved two break points and held in the final game of the first set but Giorgi hit a backhand victor on the only break point of the second set to force a third, which the Czech dominated to advance. I think in the end of the match, it was just a few points that made the biggest difference for me.

Meanwhile, Dimitrov will be looking to end the year on a high after some inconsistent results following an impressive semi-final showing against Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open. In 2014, Kyrgios became an overnight sensation when he stunned Nadal in the fourth round of the Wimbledon. He was forced to twice save break points in the second set at 3-3.

The second-ranked Halep needed just 54 minutes to cruise past Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1on Saturday in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, and can displace Karolina Pliskova as the top of the ranking with avictory over Garbine Muguruza on Sunday. "I recover well, so definitely I will be ready. I know it's going to be tough", Kyrgios said. "I could hit the ball".

Kyrgios, ranked 23rd, outlasted Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.

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