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Kyrgios emerges victorious in Washington

5th August 2019, 10:44 by Tom McGarry

Nick Kyrgios claimed his second ATP Tour title of 2019 following his victory over Daniil Medvedev in the Citi Open final on Sunday.

The Australian, who was at his flamboyant best during his semi-final victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas the previous day, edged what was a tight encounter against his Russian opponent, eventually prevailing 7-6 (7-6) 7-6 (7-4) in a match where neither player was able to force a breakpoint.

Kyrgios, who was struggling with back spasms during the match, once again utilised the underarm serve he has become renowned for and he also asked a member of the crowd where he should serve on match point before duly producing an ace.

The victory in Washington followed up Kyrgios' win at the Mexican Open earlier this year and he has certainly been delighted by the progress he has made over recent months.

"It's amazing. Where I was six months ago, some of the things I was doing, to respond like this having incredible support, it's amazing," said Kyrgios.

The 24-year-old now looks set to move back into the world's top 30, which will land him a seeded spot for the US Open later this month, and he believes he is just at the beginning of a successful run of form.

"It's only the beginning and it showed this week by winning this tournament. I had the same routine every day. And I just felt I felt actually like a traditional tennis player this week." Kyrgios added.

"I feel like I've made major strides. I'm just going to take it one day at a time and hopefully, I can continue on this new path."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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