Kyrgios wins in Acapulco to cap memorable week
Nick Kyrgios capped a memorable week in Acapulco by beating Alexander Zverev in the final of the Mexican Open.
The Australian needed just one hour and 32 minutes to dispose of world number three Zverev 6-3 6-4 and it means he beat the top three seeds en route to claiming his fifth ATP Tour title, as he saw off Rafael Nadal and John Isner earlier in the week.
The 23-year-old, whose temperament and on-court behaviour has often been called into question, admitted after beating Zverev that he had not expected to win as he felt he was the underdog heading into the final.
"It's an amazing feeling. I didn't expect much at all today. I knew I was the underdog going in and that he's playing great tennis," Kyrgios said.
"He's an incredible player and doesn't have many weaknesses, so I knew I had to play my style of tennis. I'm really happy with the performance."
Kyrgios went into this week's event in Acapulco sitting a lowly 72nd in the world rankings, but his success will see him move up more than 50 places and back into the top 32 when the new rankings are updated next week.
The former world number 13 feels he is currently in a good place both on and off the court and he hopes his success can inspire others.
"It's hopefully an example for people who are struggling and getting in some places you don't think you can get out of. If I can do it, you can do it," Kyrgios added. "I was really down and out and didn't know what I was going to do, but you have a week like this and things can change."
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.