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Kyrgios upsets Dimitrov, advances to Brisbane final

13 January, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Christina Hansen
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The mercurial Nick Kyrgios began the year with his first title since 2016 on Sunday, defeating unseeded American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the Brisbane International.

"But as the week went on, I felt that I was serving a lot better, hitting the ball better".

But victory improves his world ranking to No 17, and earned Kyrgios his seventh ATP title and his first in his home country. "Every time I stepped out here you gave me such great support. I love playing in front of you guys even though sometimes you may not see it that way, but I do".

"I don't really know Bernard's situation at the moment. I love playing in front of you guys (Brisbane spectators) even though sometimes it might not seem like I do", said Kyrgios, who said he liked the idea of being on the Brisbane champions list with Lleyton Hewitt, the 2014 victor.

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Twice Kyrgios thrilled the crowd with delightful touch at the net, while he used angles from the baseline and the occasional flat forehand to throw the 25-year- old off his game.

Doubts remain over Tomic's future after he first skipped Brisbane qualifying, missed out on an Australian Open wildcard and was linked to an appearance in Ten Network's "I'm a Celebrity..."

At one stage in the first set he quizzed a match official after not being allowed a medical time-out to re-strap his knee, hypothetically raising the notion that further injury could keep him out of the Australian Open.

With Andy Murray out with a continued hip injury crisis, Djokovic not scheduled to play in Brisbane, and NextGen star Alexander Zverev opting for the team event at the Hopman Cup instead, Kyrgios was one of the biggest names at Brisbane, and he delivered.

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Asked if he thought Tomic would be having any regrets about brushing Brisbane after two Australians made the semis, Kyrgios said: "It was obviously unusual not seeing him playing any of these events".

Kyrgios beat top seed and world number three Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals and if he maintains form and motivation, he will be a major threat at the Australian Open this month.

"It's in the rule book right now that he can just leave the court for nearly 10 minutes".

"After winning Brisbane there's going to be more expectation to do well, but I'm not going to think about it right now".

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