Nick Kyrgios to face Grigor Dimitrov in Cincinnati final

Posted August 21, 2017

Before action got underway Friday at the Western and Southern Open, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the terrorist attack on Thursday that killed 14 in Barcelona.

"Little kid playing on centre court of Cincinnati against Nadal, that's the way, the best has to come out", Kyrgios said. "A performance like today, I'm seeing progress".

Kyrgios, ergo stormed into his very first Cincinnati Masters semifinals and will now face another Spaniard, David Ferrer.

Bulgaria's 11th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov was to play John Isner of the U.S. in yesterday's other semi-final.

Both players ended the match with 27 winners, but Dimitrov proved steadier committing only 22 unforced errors to Isner's 37. "And I feel, like, s--". "My friends who were watching were laughing so they liked it I guess".

Dimitrov then served out the final game to clinch the biggest win of his career - without dropping a set all tournament - ahead of the US Open, which starts on 28 August.

Kyrgios, the first Aussie to reach the Cincinnati men's final since Lleyton Hewitt in 2004, is also the first unseeded finalist since John Isner in 2013.

Kyrgios, however, rebounded strongly in the set and served out the match with his 10th ace to send Nadal out of the competition. "I think I played my best match on hardcourt so far", said Halep, who can become the first Romanian woman to be ranked No. 1. I'm missing all the match.

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With so much promise, Kyrgios hasn't always lived up to it in 2017 after controversially retiring from a number of matches and he himself admitted it hasn't been smooth sailing. I played some good points.

The Canberran last played Dimitrov in 2015, Dimitrov winning 7-6, 3-6, 7-6.

Pliskova, fighting to hold off Romania's Simona Halep atop the rankings, first ousted Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in a rain-postponed match.

"I knew that he's going to serve big, bold serves", Dimitrov said.

"I recover well, so definitely I will be ready", she added.

Again both players had their chances to take the set, with Isner failing to convert two set points and Dimitrov unable to convert two more match points.

Goerges has a short-rest quarter-final against American Sloane Stephens, who eliminated Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.