Nick Kyrgios beat local hope Frances Tiafoe 6-7(5) 7-6(12) 6-2 to reach the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. The Australian saved five match points from a dramatic second-set tie-breaker to win the third set .
Australian Nick Kyrgios saved five match points from a dramatic second-set tie-breaker to beat local hope Frances Tiafoe 6-7(5) 7-6(12) 6-2 to reach the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.The Wimbledon runner-up looked like it was on the verge of failure when Tiafoe attempted to serve for the win during the second set tiebreaker, but Kyrgios took the lead and saved four more chances on his own serve to frustr The mercurial Australian won the last three points of the tiebreaker to win a deciding third set, which he dominated with his precise heavy service to seal the game at 1 a.m. local time.According to Kyrgios, Frances put himself in every way to win the game.In those moments, I wasnt really thinking too much.In the third set, I felt like I was fresh mentally and did well.At times, I was extremely lucky, but it was also a great match.Kyrgios broke his opponents' serve two times in the final set and converted his first match point when Tiafoe hit a return into the net, and both men held their serve during the first two sets.Kyrgios secured his second victory on Friday after returning in the morning to play big-serving American Reilly Opelka. Kyrgios recalled that it was not easy, to be honest.In the heat, playing Reilly this morning was not ideal.Came out fast and strong, got it done.Then I was able to just get some time to myself and just pull through. In the morning, Rublev defeated American Maxime Cressy 6-4 7-6(8), before cruising to a 6-2 6-3 victory over another local favorite, J.J. Wolf.In the semi-finals, the Russian will meet Yoshihito Nishioka.