Australian professional tennis star Nick Kyrgios was back to form and full fitness after struggling with injuries in the last few months.
Through the entirety of the Cincinatti Masters tournament, Kyrgios exhibited his exceptional talent with his aggressive style of play alongside his remarkable serves at mind-boggling speeds.
But, he was undone by the brilliance of world number 11 Grigor Dimitrov in the final, as the Bulgarian secured his maiden title at the Masters 1000 with the scoreline of 6-4, 7-5 - a straight set victory on Sunday.
However, you cannot deny the fact that Kyrgios has been phenomenal in the competition, with the biggest scalp to his name Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, beside impressive wins over former world number three David Ferrer, David Goffin, Alexandr Dolgopolov, and Ivo Karlovic in previous rounds.
Although not being able to secure the highest honour, the 22-year-old was pleased with the ultimate result.
The Guardian quoted him saying: “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.
“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. Right now, I lost today but I feel great. I feel great where I’m at right now.”
The highlight of the post-match proceedings was the runner-up speech from Kyrgios, who was at his hilarious best, as was his counterpart.
The world number 23 paid tribute to the mental and physical fitness of his 26-year-old rival while congratulating him for the title.
“I just want to congratulate Grigor, it’s been great to see you back to top form and I knew you always had it in you, just right back from the Australian Open.
“I was watching in Miami, it was incredible and it is great to see you do so well again.
“Everyone, who came here to support me, I know you’re probably going for Grigor today, but that’s okay,” said a smiling Kyrgios.
He thanked the sponsors of the tournament and his team for the improved form and fitness.
But, the most special acknowledgement was reserved for his mum, who he disclosed was always by his side, travelling with him and doing all the laundry stuff, taking care of him quite well.
A classic Nick Kyrgios speech!
You can see the video below.
Despite being outclassed by Dimitrov, the Aussie ace heads into the upcoming US Open with tremendous amount of confidence and full fitness on the back of a fine week at the Cincinatti Masters.
The Flushing Meadows, commencing on August 28, will provide Kyrgios with the perfect platform to showcase his worth at the highest level and again be among the elites, being widely known as the giant killer in the sport.
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