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Nick Kyrgios’ fantastic week: double and title three years later

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The Australian wins the seventh title of his career in Washington. He hadn’t raised one since 2019, precisely on the same stage

Nick lt;HIT gt;Kyrgios lt;/HIT gt;, of Australia, gestures during a final against Yoshihito Nishioka, of Japan, at the Citi Open tennis tournament Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in Washington. lt;HIT gt;Kyrgios lt;/HIT gt; won 6-4, 6-3.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)Nick WassAP

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios was proclaimed champion of the Washington tournament, in the ATP 500 category and played on hard court, for the second time in his career to win the seventh title of his record, after easily beating the Japanese in the final this Sunday. Yoshihito Nishiokaalso achieving the title in the doubles modality of the same tournament to achieve a double in the US capital.

Kyrgios once again tasted victory on the same stage where he lifted his last title. Three years later, the Australian triumphed again on the Circuit and he did it in the United States capital, with a 6-4, 6-3 to make it 4-0 in direct duels with the Japanese.

The recent Wimbledon finalist returned to action this week and did so with authority, not breaking serve throughout the tournament despite an agonizing quarter-final win in which he saved five match points. The last step was won by Kyrgios thanks to a ‘break’ in the first game of both sets.

The Japanese had his option to ‘break’ in the first, but he did not take advantage of it, and in the second, the Australian did not give his rival that option, closing his victory to the rest with a second ‘break’. This victory will allow Kyrgios to climb 26 positions in the ATP ranking, to be number 37 in the world.

Junto a Jack Sock

In addition, Kyrgios also won the doubles title in Washington. The couple formed by the Australian and the American Jack Socknumber 105 in the world, beat Ivan Dodig y Austin Krajicek 2-0 (7-5, 6-4) in one hour and 20 minutes. He is the second tennis player of the course to get a double, after the Russian Andrei Rublev achieved it in Marseille, and the first to achieve it in the US capital.

“I feel very happy to take home both titles,” Kyrgios said in statements published by ATP collected by Europa Press. The Australian has a record of 4-0 in doubles finals. Hopefully I can keep up this momentum, he wished.

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