Kyrgios Pleased With Turnaround, Cincy Final Run
Nick Kyrgios can hardly believe the turnaround himself.
Three weeks ago, the Aussie was down 6-3, 3-0 against Tennys Sandgren of the U.S. before having to retire from his second-round match at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. because of right shoulder pain.
On Sunday, Kyrgios played in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
“Looking back from where I was... I would have never thought I would have had my first Masters 1000 event final. So I'm pretty happy with the result. From where I was to here, it's just been amazing,” Kyrgios said.
The Aussie fell short in his maiden Masters 1000 title match, losing to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-3. But the 22-year-old Kyrgios was pleased with his mindset and his tennis this week.
Kyrgios reached the final by beating ninth seed David Goffin, Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and two legendary Spaniards – incoming-World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and 2014 finalist David Ferrer.
“I had some fun this week. First round was really a struggle and obviously got through a tough one with Dolgopolov. Gradually, I just feel back to where I should feel on a tennis court. I wasn't enjoying it at all, didn't want to be out there. External things were affecting how I was feeling. It really didn't make sense,” Kyrgios said. “Right now, I lost today but I feel great. I feel great where I'm at right now.”
He had kind words for Sunday's victor, Dimitrov, who was also playing in his first Masters 1000 final and won his third title of the season.
“It couldn't have gone to a more deserving player. He's really got his game back on track. I think he's starting to be where I think I pictured him being,” Kyrgios said. “He struggled a year ago with his game, but now he's playing some really good tennis.”
Kyrgios will next head to Kansas to train with Jack Sock of the U.S. After that, he'll try to improve upon his third-round showing at last year's US Open (l. to Marchenko).
“I'm feeling good. I'm pretty excited for the US Open. I'm just happy, being out there and getting some wins again,” Kyrgios said.