Tennis: Nick Kyrgios wins two titles in one day at Washington’s City Open

Nick Kyrgios stole the singles crown at the City Open in Washington before also winning the doubles, ending a three-year winning drought to secure a very important seed for this month’s US Open. is progressing smoothly.

Australia’s 6-4, 6-3 singles win over Japan’s Nishioka was his seventh career title and first since winning in Washington in 2019.

A few hours later, Kyrgios teamed up with American Jack Sock to double and beat Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek in straight sets to win the final.

Kyrgios, ranked 63rd in the world, has not reached a singles final for three years, but now he’s on track, including a breakout to his first Grand Slam title match at Wimbledon, as he continues to push for the US Open. They have reached the final twice in one month. .

A four-set loss to Novak Djokovic at the All England Club is his only loss in his last 12 matches since mid-June at the age of 27.

An emotional Kyrgios called his 2022 performance “an incredible change” after going through a dark period in his career.

“I’ve been in some really dark places and I’ve only been able to turn them around (which is amazing),” Kyrgios said.

“There are a lot of people who have helped me get there, but I have to keep going, persevere, get through all the times, perform and win tournaments like this, except for myself. You have shown serious strength that you can do it.

“It’s very emotional for me. Seeing where I was last year, it’s an incredible change now.”

On his way to the title, Kyrgios defeated world No. 53 Marcos Giron and No. 14 seed Tommy Paul. He needed to beat No. 4 seed Riley Opelka and No. 10 seed Francis Tiafoe on the same day before defeating Mikael Imer in the semifinals.

His win could arguably be the Australian’s best season of his career.

Kyrgios has reached at least the semifinals in five of his last six tournaments, including a runner-up finish at Wimbledon.

Kyrgios’ doubles victory also added to her victory at the Australian Open in January, when she teamed with fellow Australian Tanasi Kokkinakis.

After Washington, Kyrgios is set to play in Montreal this week, ahead of the opening of the US Open on August 29.

first published as TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios wins his first singles title since 2019, wins doubles in Washington and continues his march towards the US Open.

Tennis: Nick Kyrgios wins two titles in one day at Washington’s City Open

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