Nick Kyrgios Overcomes Back Pain and Beats Medvedev
With the ATP conquest, Australian returns to the top 30 and takes an important step towards becoming a key opener at US Open, avoiding favorites in early rounds.
Nick Kyrgios took his inspired week at the circuit with a trophy in hand. The Australian earned the title of the ATP 500 from Washington, DC, on Sunday night. In the big decision, the tennis player took 1 hour and 34 minutes to beat Russian Daniil Medvedev, number 10 in the ranking, by 2 sets to 0, double 7/6. It was a fierce battle for the Australian, who with back pain, needed a stretching session during the first set and was attended by a physical therapist before the start of the second. Keep reading: Why Tennis is so good for you
Nick Kyrgios beats Medvedev
With the conquest in the American capital, Kyrgios takes an essential step towards becoming one of the key players at the US Open, avoiding quarries in the early rounds. His last significant result of the season was the Acapulco ATP 500 in March this year. In addition to returning to the top 30 of the ranking, the irreverent Australian remains the best player of the year against top 10 opponents: there are five wins and only one defeat. Medvedev, despite the loss, rises to 9th place in the ranking, equaling his best position.
It was a first set marked by extreme balance, with both players serving well and winning their first-serve points. In the tiebreak, Medvedev sustained himself with his strong court game, while Kyrgios, despite showing moments of inconsistency, remained brilliant in the service. In a Medvedev error, the Australian scored 1-0, 7/6 (6).
After the hard battle of the first set, Kyrgios asked to be attended by a physical therapist. With the ball in play, the tennis players kept their balance, again with an improvement in service and first-serve points. Bold, the Australian raised the crowd with throws. On two occasions, he has successfully invested in gran willy, when the blow to the ball is between his legs. In the tiebreak, Kyrgios managed to open 5-3 and secured the title with two aces in a row.