Nick Kyrgios has won his second ATP Tour 500 series title of the year with hard-fought victory over Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Washington Open.
Despite being troubled by a back issue during the match, Kyrgios fired 18 aces on his way to a 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4) victory over the Russian third seed – his second successive win over a top-10 opponent after his semi-final defeat of Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“This has honestly been one of my favourite weeks of my life. I’ve made massive strides,” Kyrgios said. “I started becoming friends with the smoothie guy, he knew what smoothie I wanted. I was playing ping pong with some kids before I’m playing. You guys were amazing. It was honestly a week to remember.”
The Aussie mixed up baseline rallies well against Medvedev, slicing and bringing the 6’6” Russian to net with drop shots. But Kyrgios’ serve was the story as he never faced a break point and hit 18 aces, including two to close out the final. Kyrgios finished with 111 aces through six matches.
He improved to 5-1 against Top 10 players in 2019, a winning percentage of 83, best on the ATP Tour this year. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has won seven of his nine matches against Top 10 players this season (7/9, 78%).
Congratulations from all of us at the Greek City Times.