Maiden home title for Kyrgios

Lawrence Cooper
January 13, 2018

Carrying a niggling knee injury, the 22-year-old made a slow start but managed to save five break points and claim the first set.

A Harrison double fault to concede serve was telling of that intensity and a double break was more than enough security for a man who had only dropped serve three times all tournament.

Nick Kyrgios is confident the knee problem that he played with during his Brisbane International triumph will not hinder his chances at the Australian Open.

The Sydney-born, Spain-based teenager had become the youngest Australian to reach an ATP semi-final since Hewitt in 2000 thanks to his Brisbane surge.

Nick Kyrgios wins the 2018 Brisbane International in his home country of Australia. "I love playing in front of you guys (Brisbane spectators) even though sometimes it might not seem like I do", said Kyrgios, who said he liked the idea of being on the Brisbane champions list with Lleyton Hewitt, the 2014 victor.

Dolgopolov saved a match point on his serve at 3-5 in the third set with a deep backhand groundstroke, but the Australian No. 1 prevailed on his fourth match points in the following game. "So the first two matches of the year, I've got through two tough three-setters", added Kyrgios, who beat compatriot Matthew Ebdon 6-7 (3) 7-6 (5) 6-2 in the second round.

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Dimitrov leaped over the net from his side of the court and raced to help Edmund as he writhed in pain behind the baseline at the other end, giving the British player a hand to get up and then helping him limp to the side of the court.

But the dual grand slam quarterfinalist held his nerve to book a semi-final showdown with the victor of Friday night's clash between top seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Briton Kyle Edmund. (It was denied and he played with it bandaged up.) But with the win and improved movement and gamesmanship, it doesn't seem like it bothers him too much.

"Coming here, I felt good all week, I felt right at home".

"He was probably expected to win today, I thought", Kyrgios said of De Minaur's third straight victory in Brisbane after the teenager had previously notched just one ATP main draw victory in his career.

"You have some of your biggest highs and then you've got some matches where you finish and you're a little bit heartbroken", de Minaur said.

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