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Tennis 2022: Nick Kyrgios beats Francis Tiafoe at ‘absolutely insane’ Washington Open

Nick Kyrgios survived an epic three-set clash with Francis Tiafoe to reach the semifinals of the Washington Open.

After two and a half hours of quality tennis, the Australian beat the American 6-7 7-6 6-2.

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After nothing in the first set, Kyrgios double-faulted in the tiebreaker to give Tiafoe the upper hand.

The match geared up in the second set, culminating in an epic tie-break with Kyrgios winning 14-12.

Kyrgios and Tiafoe left tennis fans in awe with several aces and countless long rallies.

Ella Brockway of The Washington Post wrote, “This Kyrgios vs. Tiafoe match is absolutely ridiculous.

“There are few sports like Nick Kyrgios’ experience.”

Both players repeatedly complained to the referee, complaining about the crowd screaming and getting ready to serve during the point.

“I want to sleep,” Kyrgios said midway through the third set.

He hit 35 aces and a total of 60 winners to pull away in the third set to close out the match at 1am local time in Washington, DC.

He will next face Sweden’s Mikael Imer in the semifinals as he seeks his second title in Washington.

On the women’s side of the draw, Australia’s Daria Savile beat Rebecca Marino 6-1, 7-5 to secure a place in the semi-finals against sixth seed Kaia Kanepi.

Top-seeded Andrei Rublev won twice on Saturday (AEST) to advance to the semifinals of the ATP and WTA Washington Open, defeating Americans Maxim Cressey and JJ Wolff in tune-ups at the US Open.

The rain forced Rublev and a few others to double duty, but the storm provided everyone with timely breaks between matches.

In the other semi-final, he will face Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.

first published as ‘Absolutely ridiculous’: Nick Kyrgios marvels at ‘ridiculous’ Washington Open win

Tennis 2022: Nick Kyrgios beats Francis Tiafoe at ‘absolutely insane’ Washington Open

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