Wednesday 18 July 2018

Kyrgios boosts Aussie Open hopes with home title

 

Kyrgios wrapped up the first set in 37 minutes despite having to save five break-points. Photo: Reuters
Kyrgios wrapped up the first set in 37 minutes despite having to save five break-points. Photo: Reuters

Martin Harris

Australian Nick Kyrgios secured his first ATP Tour title on home soil as he beat Ryan Harrison in yesterday's final of the Brisbane International just a week out from the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The 22-year-old fired 17 aces as he powered to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over his American opponent.

Kyrgios wrapped up the first set in 37 minutes despite having to save five break-points.

The third seed grabbed an early break in the second set and did not take his foot off the gas for the rest of the match as he clinched his fourth ATP Tour title.

After his victory, Kyrgios stated: "I felt good all week. I felt right at home.

"Every time I stepped out here you (the fans) gave me such great support.

"I love playing in front of you guys even though sometimes it may not seem that way. But I do - I really appreciate it."

Elsewhere, Julia Goerges won her third straight title as she clinched victory over former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

The 29-year-old German was in sparkling form, firing 41 winners and making just 23 unforced errors to win 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) after 90 minutes on court.

Goerges won the first set with her seventh ace, having broken serve in the first game.

She broke again in the first game of the second set, before the world number three fought back to force a tie-break, which Goerges won with a thundering forehand.

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