Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Kyrgios beats Harrison to win Brisbane International title

Kyrgios beats Harrison to win Brisbane International title

Showing no signs of discomfort from his strapped left knee, Kyrgios became the first Australian to appear in a Brisbane final since Hewitt after ending the 26-year-old Dimitrov's seven-match winning streak stretching back from 2017.

Nick Kyrgios has claimed the men's Brisbane International title with a comprehensive victory over American Ryan Harrison in the final, boosting his hopes for a successful Australian Open campaign.

De Minaur, ranked 208 in the world, lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to the 47th-ranked Harrison to miss out on a match-up with Kyrgios in what would have been his first ATP World Tour final.

After the first set, Kyrgios debated with umpire Fergus Murphy that Harrison should not have been allowed such a long break to go off court, while he waited in his courtside chair. Dimitrov , on the other hand, has struggled with his serve all week and Kyrgios was able to take full advantage, with his returns keeping the Bulgarian under constant pressure.

"I just remember one year where Rusty (Hewitt) won his final - that was probably the last time I watched a final here", Kyrgios said.

The Australian said he wanted to disrupt Dimitrov 's rhythm and be aggressive.

Kyrgios had two double-faults — against six from Dimitrov — was broken only once and won more than 80 percent of points when he got his first serve into play.

It was a fourth title for the enigmatic 22-year-old Australian, and his first since 2016.

"Right now, I feel pretty good".

But Kyrgios downplayed any tension between the two.

De Minaur had looked like becoming an unlikely finalist when he took the first set against Harrison, the world number 47, and led 5-3 in the second set tiebreak.

However, after saving five break points early in the contest, Kyrgios soon took charge of proceedings and ultimately won easily. I knew it was going to be a tough day today.

Harrison then broke de Minaur twice at the start of the decider and although the Australian got one break back he was unable to complete the comeback.

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