Kyrgios stuns Nadal in Cincinnati quarters

Nadal wins it easy, Sania cruise to Quarters in Cincinatti Open

Australia's Nick Kyrgios shocked top seed Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-5 to enter the men's singles semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament.

In his second match of the day in Cincinnati on Friday, Kyrgios turned in a hugely impressive display to triumph 6-2 7-5 against Nadal, who will return to the summit of the world rankings on Monday.

The volatile Kyrgios, ranked 23rd in the world, served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but double faulted multiple times to hand Nadal the break.

"Obviously I think it's easier to say that for me because you see me tank ridiculous amounts of matches. on back courts and stuff like that, and you never see me doing anything silly obviously in a match like this", replied Kyrgios.

But Nadal was below his best against the maligned Australian and four-time ATP Tour victor, who will face David Ferrer in the final four, having never progressed beyond the second round in Cincinnati previously.

Hsieh and partner Monica Niculescu of Romania defeated the Ukraine duo of Lyudmyla Kichenok and Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-5 in the quarter-finals and then moved into the final with a 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win over India's Sania Mirza and Peng Shuai of China. The 35-year-old outclassed third seed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-3 in the last-eight round on Friday.

"I had the match on my racket and tightened up", Kyrgios said.

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"I work every day to play better".

Bulgaria's 11th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov was to play John Isner of the USA in yesterday's other semi-final. So it was a bad match for me.

There were signs of life from Nadal early in the second set but he was soon on the back foot as Kyrgios broke serve for a 3-2 lead. I used to play against him at Futures and Challengers. "Just keep going and sorry for everything".

You could hear a pin drop in the stadium when Kyrgios, a two-time ATP 1000 semi-finalist in Miami, consolidated his advantage.

Dimitrov needed to beat Yuichi Sugita from Japan 6-2 6-1 to reach the semis.

"It's a good feeling, for sure", said Dimitrov.



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