Washington / Kyrgios and Nishioka reach final

Nick Kyrgios is eyeing his seventh title

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Its been a busy few days at the Washington DC event which finally sees Australia’s controversial Nick Kyrgios take on Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka for the Citi Open title.

Tournament favourites Andrey Rublev the top seed and the unseeded Nick Kyrgios moved one win from a Sunday final but both had to work extra hard on Friday due to the rains that had arrived the previous day to disrupt the schedule.

Rublev had to beat two Americans on Friday, and he did just that topping Maxime Cressy 6-4 7-6(8) and then in the evening he stopped wildcard JJ Wolf 6-2 6-3 in what proved a tough day for the home nation.

Sebastian Korda came back on Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 4-6 6-1 6-2 but in the quarters was dumped by Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6-2 5-7 6-3.

Kyrgios, chasing his seventh career title with his last secured in Washington DC in 2019, also knocked out two Americans.

The fourth seeded 6’10” Reilly Opelka put up little resistance in the second set of their delayed third round going out 7-6(1) 6-2 which he then followed up with a late evening confrontation with the 10th seed, Frances Tiafoe, whom he edged out 6-7(5) 7-6(12) 6-2 saving five match points in that lengthy second set tie break, which ended well after midnight local time.

Kyrgios is certainly on a roll, as is the speedy Nishioka who more than matched Rublev in the semis, defeating the Muscovite 6-3 6-4 having made the last four with a tough 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5 win over Britain’s No,2 Dan Evans.

Yoshihito Nishioka toppled the top seed to make final

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