Nick Kyrgios Beats New No. 1 Rafa Nadal in Cincinnati Masters

Georgia Reed
August 19, 2017

After his victory, the mercurial Australian was asked to comment on his apparent ability to save his best performances for matches against the likes of Nadal.

Nadal was somewhat rusty in beating fellow countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (1) 6-2 earlier in the day but few would have expected his result against Kyrgios.

The victory was even more impressive considering the contrast in styles between opponents, with Kyrgios overcoming the big-serving Karlovic and more baseline oriented game of Nadal. With Andy Murray already recovering from a hip injury, the Spaniard was guaranteed of the top spot for the first time since 2014.

Austrian third seed Thiem crashed out of the ATP 1000 tournament following his upset defeat against veteran Ferrer in Cincinnati.

"It was a tough match this afternoon against Albert, and now (it will be) another very, very hard match against Kyrgios".

"My great friend, he's practically my coach, Matt Reid, he came over and he kind of puts me in a good head space", Kyrgios said. He saved the first break opportunity for Nadal and had match point once again, but an errant forehand on the second break point gave the one seed, the break back. I played some good points. Pliskova's victory over Wozniacki means world number two Simona Halep is only able to overtake her as world number one if she wins the title.

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The top women's players also are competing at the Western & Southern Open to get their games fine-tuned for the US Open, which begins on August 28. "So it was a bad match for me", Nadal spoke of his loss, as quoted by ATP's official website. Congrats to him. That's it. It is improving every year.

"I know that he's feeling confident".

"I saw he was a bit exhausted, but he was still competing".

"The problem for me is trying to bring it on an everyday basis, say, centre court of Lyon with, like, five people against Nicolas Kicker earlier this year, I lost".

But Nadal was below his best against the maligned Australian and four-time ATP Tour victor, who will face David Ferrer in the final four, having never progressed beyond the second round in Cincinnati previously.

Despite having faced Ferrer only once in his career (2013 US Open defeat), Kyrgios is quick to point out that the Spaniard is playing some of his best tennis and that he needs to be at his best to stand a chance of making the final.

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