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With victories in singles and doubles at Citi Open, Nick Kyrgios creates history
With victories in singles and doubles at Citi Open, Nick Kyrgios creates history
With victories in singles and doubles at Citi Open, Nick Kyrgios creates history
Tennis With victories in singles and doubles at Citi Open, Nick Kyrgios creates...

With victories in singles and doubles at Citi Open, Nick Kyrgios creates history

Citi Open: Nick Kyrgios, a Wimbledon semifinalist, is the first individual to win both the men’s singles and doubles crowns at the Citi Open in the same calendar year.

The Australian made a victorious return to the US capital, where he had previously lost in the first round of the event the year before and had captured the men’s singles trophy in 2019 for his final ATP Tour victory.

Kyrgios defeated Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-4, 6-3 in just 81 minutes. Nishioka was the opponent Kyrgios faced in the All England Club final last month, which he lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets.

He later went back to Stadium Court at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center to assist American Jack Sock in his victory over the fourth-seeded team of Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek, 7-5 6-4.

The 27-year-old topped the competition in singles with 96 aces, including 12 against Nishioka, dropped only one set in five matches, never had his serve broken, and played only singles.

“It’s just very emotional for me,” Kyrgios said after the singles final. “To see where I was at last year to now, it’s just an incredible transformation. I just came out with great energy.

“I knew that I had experience on my side today. I love this court, I’ve played so many good matches here, so I’m just really happy with myself.

“I’ve been in some really dark places. Just to be able to turn it around…There are so many people who have helped me get there.

“But myself, I’ve shown some serious strength to just continue and persevere and get through all those times and be able to still perform and win tournaments like this one.”

The US Open, which starts on August 29 in New York, appears to be in the player’s favour; he was born in Canberra. With the top 32 mainly shielded from facing a top opponent in the first round in Queens, the victory in DC moves him up to position 37 in the world rankings.

He thanked Washington before leaving the city and will next play Argentina’s Sebastian Baez in the opening round of the Montreal Open.

“What an amazing day,” he said in a video posted to social media. “Thank you so much to the city of Washington, the Washington fans, you guys are amazing and I can’t wait to see you guys next year.”

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