‘Reinvented’ Nick Kyrgios makes historical past with singles and doubles wins at Citi Open

His 6-4 6-2 victory towards Yoshihito Nishioka within the singles last ended a three-year ATP Tour title drought, whereas his 7-5 6-4 win within the doubles alongside American Jack Sock marked his third doubles title of the yr.

“I have been in some actually darkish locations,” Kyrgios mentioned afterwards, in keeping with Eurosport.

“Simply to have the ability to flip it round … there are such a lot of individuals who have helped me get there, however myself, I’ve proven some critical energy to simply proceed and persevere and get by means of all these occasions and be capable of nonetheless carry out and win tournaments like this one.”

Kyrgios’ victory was based on his highly effective serve which was not damaged all through your complete singles event.

In opposition to Nishioka, he received 88% of his first-serve factors and served 12 aces, taking his event whole to 96.

Kyrgios and Sock celebrate winning the doubles title at the Citi Open.

It continues the Australian’s spectacular type that propelled him to at the least the semifinals in 5 of his final seven occasions, together with the Wimbledon last the place he was defeated by Novak Djokovic in 4 units.

“I feel it is a reflection of the final six months of how laborious I’ve been working,” he mentioned.

“I am simply actually joyful to proceed the shape after Wimbledon. I feel you’ve got a small window after a grand slam that folks type of concern you earlier than they step out on the courtroom.”

Kyrgios’ expertise has at all times been evident, however his profession has been tarred by a collection of on-court outbursts which have made him a considerably divisive determine within the tennis world.

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“I really feel like I’ve actually type of reinvented myself this yr,” he added, in keeping with the Citi Open.

“Each observe was actually good. I attempted to be as skilled as I might. I am simply joyful to be sitting right here, making historical past alongside the best way.”

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The victory moved Kyrgios as much as world No. 37 — his highest rating since February 2020 and simply shy of the seeded positions given to the highest 32 gamers on the US Open which largely protects them from going through a high opponent within the first spherical.

He’ll subsequent face Sebastián Báez within the first spherical of the Montreal Open, because the build-up to the US Open continues.

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