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Washington / Kyrgios claims title for second time

Nick Kyrgios made a clean sweep of the Citi Open titles in Washington DC claiming both the singles and doubles crowns as he continues his impressive run of late.

I just came out with great energy. I knew that I had experience on my side today. I love this court, I’ve played so many good matches here, so I’m just really happy with myself Nick Kyrgios

The controversial Aussie comfortably defeated Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 6-3 in the singles final and then partnered American Jack Sock to claim the doubles title against the fourth seeded pairing of Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Austin Krajicek (USA) 7-5 6-4.

It was Kyrgios’ first title since winning in Washington in 2019 when he upset Daniil Medvedev to record the seventh title of his career.

“It’s just very emotional for me,” said Kyrgios who saved five match points on Friday against Frances Tiafoe, the 10th seed.

“To see where I was at last year to now, it’s just an incredible transformation. I just came out with great energy. I knew that I had experience on my side today. I love this court, I’ve played so many good matches here, so I’m just really happy with myself.

“I’ve been in some really dark places. Just to be able to turn it around… There are so many people who have helped me get there, but myself, I’ve shown some serious strength to just continue and persevere and get through all those times and be able to still perform and win tournaments like this one.”

The final was contested between two unseeded players and at no stage did Kyrgios look threatened as he delivered 12 aces and converted three of the five break points he forced whilst saving the only one he had to face to extend his record over Nishioka to 4-0.

Kyrgios has now won 18 of his last 21 matches which includes a semi-final appearance in Stuttgart, the Wimbledon final and now Washington for what must be his best run in recent years.

And that success isn’t just confined to singles for he has also picked up the Atlanta doubles title with his friend and compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis.

And while his girlfriend was there to congratulate him, he has an off-court problem with a former one who has accused him of common assault and taken him to court.

The case is to be heard on August 23 but Kyrgios is not required to attend and has refused to comment on the charge having been advised by his legal team as it would be inappropriate prior to the hearing.

Kyrgios is scheduled to play Cincinnati, Ohio this week as he continues his preparation for the US Open which kicks off on August 29.

Nick Kyrgios is congratulated by his current girlfriend Costeen Hatzi following his title win

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