Cincinnati Open: Kyrgios tops Nadal 2-0, reaches semi

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Kyrgios, who has struggled with hip and shoulder injuries this summer, looks to be healthy again as he works to regain his form that saw him reach the Miami Open semifinals where he lost to eventual champion Roger Federer. But he has shined this week, ousting next week's world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

The crowd briefly turned on Kyrgios when he played a nonchalant shot between his legs, allowing Nadal to finish off an easy victor, prompting boos from spectators who thought it disrespectful. The victor receives a $954,225 purse and 1,000 ranking points; the other finalist takes home $467,880 and 600 ranking points.

Krygios will take on Dimitrov in the final on Sunday.

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

Dimitrov later shared in his press conference a bit of locker room talk he enjoyed with Isner regarding a particularly wild point from the second set. Dmitrov consistently foiled his intentions. "If I don't play well I can't win against a player like Nick". He defended really well. "We could have easily, if I didn't break at 5-all, we could be 2-all in a tie-breaker right now, not finishing.

I knew that he's going to serve big, bold serves", Dimitrov said. It's very sad and I'm very, very sorry about what happened. He closed out the set soon after. Isner won the only break point of the match to go ahead 6-5 in the second set.

He'll face John Isner, who beat wild-card Jared Donaldson 7-6 (4), 7-5.

Even when somewhat careless - as when he dished up a weak volley up at the net - Kyrgios still had some flair left in the tank to sneak a cheeky volleyed victor when Nadal looked set to smash home a winning forehand.

'And then I played a bad game. I have been pretty insane ever since she left. "I could hit the ball. I mean, I know it's nerve-wracking from outside, but it's even tougher when you're in there and have to receive a serve that comes 141 miles an hour". I'm always trying to hit underneath and trying to hit up and over it.

Kyrgios sewed up the first tiebreaker with a blazing forehand shot in the open court. Kyrgios remonstrated with the chair umpire during the second set, expressing anger with line umpiring. "Nick is a great player, but I played poorly". He will now fight it out in his first title match of 2017. Dimitrov won in three sets. It's anyone's title to grab.

"I was listening to music, I checked for news and stuff, and I'm like, Oh", she said. "It's a good feeling". "I think that that was the key". "If I don't play well I can't win against a player like Nick". So that actually helps. But not only that. "At the end of the day I was just going for it". He credited Ferrer and his coach for helping shape his development.

Dimitrov has a 1-0 edge over Kyrgios, who will now rise four places to No 17 in the rankings. He's playing good tennis against good players.