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Suddenly consistent Kyrgios moves into Citi Open final

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WASHINGTON. Nick Kyrgios found stability that had eluded him for a long time as he reached his second straight tournament final for the first time in his career with a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over Mikael Ymer at the Citi Open on Saturday night.

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Kyrgios, who finished second at Wimbledon to Novak Djokovic, has adapted well to the hot and humid conditions on this tough US Open court. He won an uncharacteristic 24-shot rally on Ymer’s serve, went 5-4 ahead on a tiebreak in the first set, and served from there.

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In the second set, Krygios made the only break of the match on the pitch, a half-half volley from a tied area, and took the lead with a score of 5:3.

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The 27-year-old Australian is 63rd in the rankings but will move to 37th if he wins the title on Sunday. Kyrgios won in Washington in 2019, the last of his six ATP titles.

On Saturday evening, in the second semi-final among men, Andrei Rublev, who took first place, met with Yoshihito Nishioka.

Earlier Saturday, in the women’s draw, Kaia Kanepi was one win closer to her first title in nine years by beating Daria Saville 6-3, 6-1.

Kanepi, a 37-year-old Estonian, won the last of her four WTA titles in 2013 in Brussels. But this year she has resurfaced, reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, and thanks to a smart schedule, her consistent good form.

“It was amazing, actually, for me. I never thought that I would live in Australia. I thought it wasn’t just my place,” said Kanepi, who has previously reached the quarter-finals at three other Grand Slams. “But I played very well, and then I continued to play well. I didn’t really put any pressure on myself to achieve anything special.”

Kanepi’s record this year is 19-10, her most wins since 2013, and she is ranked 37th. She plans to play two more hard court tournaments ahead of the US Open starting August 29th.

In the final, Kanepi will meet Lyudmila Samsonova, who finished 60th, who beat Xiyun Wang 6-1, 6-1. 23-year-old Samsonova achieves her second WTA singles title. In 2017, she won the New Haven, Connecticut hard court tournament.



Source: sports.nbcsports.com

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